a wandering woman writes

Saturday, April 28, 2007

On work, inspiration, and not knowing...

"Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists. There is, there has been, there always will be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It's made up of all those who've consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners - I could list a hundred more professions. Their work becomes one continuous adventure as long as they manage to keep discovering new challenges in it. Difficulties and setbacks never quell their curiosity. A swarm of new questions emerges from every problem that they solve. Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous "I don't know."

"....That's why I value that little phrase "I don't know" so highly. It's small but it flies on mighty wings. It expands our lives to include spaces within us as well as the outer expanses in which our tiny Earth hangs suspended."

Excerpt from Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska's Nobel Lecture, 1996.



  • Ohohoh, loved this quote, might lift it and pass it on out into the world ;)

    By Blogger woman wandering, at 10:45 PM  

  • Absolutely LOVE this. Was just having an argument on a discussion blog about WHY it is necessary to name things we don't understand (the words 'god' and 'magic' were being bandied about) - I asked 'isn't enough to face the mystery and say I don't know? Naming implies understanding and stops the questioning..."

    By Blogger Hayden, at 1:54 AM  

  • what a beautiful excerpt. thanks for sharing.

    By Blogger wandering visitor, at 9:34 AM  

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