Saturday, January 22, 2011

"At present your business is to see."

"How soon do you think I could begin painting?" it asked.
The Spirit broke into laughter.  "Don't you see you'll never paint at all if that's what you're thinking about?" he said.
"What do you mean?" asked the Ghost.
"Why, if you are interested in the country only for the sake of painting it, you'll never learn to see the country."
"But that's just how a real artist is interested in the country."
"No.  You're forgetting." said the Spirit.
"That was not how you began.  Light itself was your first love:  you loved paint only as a means of telling about light."
-from C.S. Lewis', The Great Divorce

Oh, how desperately I want to learn to see.  Not for the sake of making art, but for the sake of appreciating the beauty I hurry past every day.   


  1. Thanks, girl! I highly recommend the book. Pretty sure you'd love it. Tons of imagery and profound truth.

  2. Katie,
    I read a comment you left over at Chatting at the Sky, and I clicked over from there.

    Love CS Lewis, and this quote is pefect for writers too. So often I write, write, write, and forget how important it is to truly live.

  3. Thank you, Amy! I agree. I know I'm meant for creative things, but it is definitely easy to seek that to the point of missing out on living. May we both learn to see, friend!