Welcoming 2014 with a reminder about why we do the work from the poet Stanley Kunitz:
“When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence inevitably you think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself. And I think the world tends to forget that this is the ultimate significance of the body of work each artist produces. That work is not an expression of the desire for praise, or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.”
Thank you Katy for this most important reminder. It fits right in with a conversation I had last night with friends over black-eyed peas.
And thanks for the black-eyed peas reminder!
Good advice for the beginning of this new year and also another reason why I should “get back to work!” Thanks, Katy.
A wonderful reminder…! Happiest of New Years, Katy!