Celebrating a Year

February 1, 2013

with 5 comments

2.1.13I think, looking back at my wayward path through the years, that the most valuable life skill one needs to develop in order to succeed, is to learn how to improvise. Life will never be smooth or rosy, except in very small stretches. Opportunities for your skill set may never materialize, love may not be as generous to you as you are to it, life as you planned it will definitely at some point go astray. Set-backs and tragedies await, and if you are to cope, to carry on, you need to be able to take a hard look at the pieces on the board and figure your best way forward. Right where you stand, right where you never expected to be. Imagination helps, optimism is a crucial ingredient even if it seems to have temporarily disappeared. No one teaches us how to do this, we learn from necessity. But it certainly puts jazz in a whole different perspective. And poetry, abstract painting, things most people think they don’t understand. Because, really, we are all just learning how to make life imitate art.

Written by mairmusic

February 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

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  1. Bravo, Marilynn! This is the essential truth.If all we had was this post, it would be fine.

    Life is the art of taking the jarring notes, the unlikely word, the unexpected juxtapositions, the odd shadings and turning them into something lovely. Life is the teacher. Art is the text. Creating art is suvival, the way we work out understanding and meaning. IMHO, as Charles would say.

    May I reblog on “into the Bardo?” Will check back here.

    Jamie Dedes

    February 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

    • Of course, my friend! And I suggest you re-blog your wonderful comment as well.

      mairmusic

      February 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

  2. Life and chaos theory do seem to be somewhat related….have a great week!

    slpmartin

    February 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    • You too. As long as we realize we have no idea where we are going and how we will deal w/ what we will find there, we may as well move on.

      mairmusic

      February 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm


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