“Treat a work of art like a prince; let it speak to you first.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
There have been many times when I felt that I always had to have and offer an opinion about everything right away. After a movie or a concert, such as, I often wanted to step right in with my comments and judgments. I would just “shoot from the hip”, without thinking or being attentive to my feelings, or the feelings of others.
This can be a way of warding off the experience, enclosing it within certain words. I’m quite certain that all of us have feared that we might be caught off guard and compelled to change or expand our own ideas. We feared being too vulnerable!
Images, sounds, poems, and plays can cause us to open ourselves to the unfamiliar and the new, and if we are quiet and attentive, we can come to fresh insights and understandings. And so it is too, with people. If we are patient and willing to listen, we will always be learning and growing through contact with others.
The beauty and joy of life dwell within differences. I am learning to be open and attentive to what has not been part of my existence up to now, so that it may come to color and enhance my life.
- 6 Quick Tips for Receiving Critiques Gracefully (sixrevisions.com)
- Hasty Judgment (gregghake.wordpress.com)
- Confronting Loved Ones (socyberty.com)
- Judging Personality Over the Holidays — 2010 Edition (psychologytoday.com)
“”A poet begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” — Robert Frost
Artists deepen our sense of wonder because they have retained the ability to see life with a delighted eye. They know that nothing is too particular or minute to take pleasure in if we give ourselves time to pause and look. The world is infinite in its variety and beauty.
If we find ourselves, for whatever reason, seeing life with a vision or blinder, we are then unable to relax and open ourselves to the new when we are so uptight and bent on our own pleasure. We are left impoverished.
We can learn, baby-step-by-baby-step, day by day, to slow down and really look at the world around us. We may find ourselves noticing the obvious things that we used to miss. This can lead to sheer delight when we notice that things can be so different, so particular in their shape, color, meaning and impact. Delight can turn into knowledge as we explore further; then, if we persevere, we may stumble onto wisdom.