wisdom


I’ve been slowly going through old paper journals to purge the more embarrassing entries. This is quite a masochistic practice so I can only do it a little bit at a time. Although I don’t want to completely throw these journals—they are a record of my life—I don’t want some of that crap to live on. The whiny bits. The rune/Tarot readings with whiny questions. The really, really bad poetry.

So I came across an idea and outlines from a 1991 journal re: a novel I had wanted to write about The Crone and had myself a good laugh. As if I had a clue. I still don’t have a clue but because I realize I don’t have a clue I may be further along on making something of that idea. The requisite clue isn’t about wisdom, it’s about knowing that you don’t have wisdom, just the accumulation of experience, and that anyone who claims to be wise probably isn’t.

But this was also an illustration of how some ideas can be worked with almost immediately but others have very long gestations. I once heard Louise Erdrich talking about this in an interview, how sometimes she won’t be able to work on an idea until twenty years down the line because when she got the original idea she wasn’t yet ready for it. I thought I understood at the time, but I really understand it now. (Or, maybe, I just have the illusion of understanding.)

I may be able to write this idea now. I’ve been poking at a new form of it recently and it actually seems to be moving. We’ll see. It’s nice to be writing but I do wish one of these competing ideas would gel so that I’m not constantly circling and not making real progress. Survival of the fittest when it comes to competing ideas. Being ready to write them. This crone seems to be the one with the most juice. Crone willing, she’ll win the race.

Like I said, we’ll see.

Random quote of the day:

“All of us yearn for the highest wisdom, but we have to rely on ourselves in the end.”

—Czeslaw Milosz, The Paris Review, Issue 133, Winter 1994

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Random quote of the day:

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”

—Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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Random quote of the day:

“There is absolutely zero correlation between intelligence and wisdom.”

—Junot Diaz, interview, National Public Radio, September 11, 2012

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Random quote of the day:

“The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.”

—Oscar Wilde, “Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young,” The Chameleon, December 1894

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Random quote of the day:

“The past was survival of the fittest. The future will be survival of the wisest.”

—Deepak Chopra, interview, KCAL News, October 25, 2010

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Random quote of the day:

“I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one’s self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely.”

—Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Random quote of the day:

“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, are preserved by quotation.”

—Isaac D’Israeli, Curiosities of Literature

(I just realized I used this image already last year. Sorry. No time to redo it.)

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Random quote of the day:

“Quotations. I love them because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than yourself.”

—Marlene Dietrich, Marlene Dietrich’s A-B-C, 1961

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Remembrance

Every new thing she see reminds her of the past,
or loved ones long gone, she the last of her line:
the way things used to be, how we did things then,
the funny thing her brother did, the tricks they played.

How much has changed.

A different world, consumed by history, lost
except in a few pale memories locked in spirits
headed away from Now and into the past tense.
The days wind down, grow fewer—whether
short or long we cannot say—
but not miles, not miles left to travel.

I listen for as long as I can,
stories told again and again,
trying to bear witness,
trying to let her know
someone still cares.

I try, but memories don’t get the laundry done,
the dishes put away, the dinner cooked.
The Now is relentless, unsentimental, unforgiving.

Someday you will regret not having these conversations.

Yes. Someday, someday, someday.

But for Now
I have many duties in my way
and steps or miles before that day.
Steps or miles before that day.

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