Being the on going series of personal reflections on the words of wisdom from great writers.
Today's quote really struck a chord with me. We all write to be read. We all, in some degree, write to be noticed. How many of us write with the future in mind? A future beyond our own few years on this earth?
"Great art transcends its culture and touches on that which is eternal."
This is true not only for books but also paintings, sculptures, architecture. I remember the first time I saw a van Gogh. It was a special exhibit of "Cafe at Night". My husband bought me tickets to the museum for Christmas and we arrived along with a throng of people. I breathed in silent prayer: "Lord please let me be able to get close to it, even if only for a few seconds." We wandered through the sketches, all masterpieces in their own rights. When I arrived at the main event, I was stunned. So many people were crowded around I could barely see the gilded frame. However, something magical happened. Just as I was beginning to panic, the crowd parted as if Moses himself was standing behind me, rod outstretched. In a daze, I walked to the front of the room and stood against the red velvet ropes. There, obscured, was a work by a true master. His hands had painted it, his heart had conceived it. And for fifteen glorious seconds, I was allowed a glimpse at the eternal truth behind it.
What was that eternal truth? Honestly, I can't tell you. Works of art are like that sometimes. The message isn't as clear as we'd like it to be. But they resonate with us deep without our spirits, calling to us to drink from the fountain that gives eternal life. Eternal in the physical sense? Not on this earth. Our works, however, will live on. Long after we're gone. What message will we leave for those to come? Hopefully, words that will resonate with the soul of another. Words that will spark change, even revolution. For a writer to write without a message is unheard of. Sometimes we aren't sure of our message. But it's there. Waiting to be read. Waiting for eternity.