#2 On The Photograph In Posting #1

[About the photograph in posting #1: It’s one by my friend Jerry Uelsmann, a photographer I’ve known for over forty years. His arresting and evocative works are found in museums all over the world. Later on, I’ll share with you a story of this specific version of it, but let’s start off with the picture itself:]

To me, this work of Jerry’s — with its surreal room and sky for its ceiling, desk, the book opened to a map, with a tiny human figure emerging from the book’s pages to step out into the world — is more a question than an answer. It stopped me in my tracks when I first came across it in the calendar section of a Barnes & Noble store about six years ago. I said to myself, “That looks like Jerry’s work.” When I picked up the calendar to have a look, I saw every photo in it was one of his. (And did you notice that door at the back of the room is open?)

When you want answers you start with questions. That’s what Einstein did, when at age fourteen he asked’ What would the world look like if I rode on a beam of light.’ By the time he was twenty-five, he had come upon some big answers (which he put into a paper in 1905 titled The Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies.)

English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d...

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That is how it can go if your questions are big enough to lead somewhere. And if you’re very fortunate, the answers will serve to keep your questioning alive (as they certainly did with him.) So, that is where we will start in this blog too — with the questions. Below are a handful directly related to the matter we are dealing with in this blog — ‘Sensing the way . . . as your life unfolds‘ — the thing we are living all the time that we haven’t yet found a clear and definite beginning to, and which, if we ever really do “come to it” at all, we can only manage to find ourselves somewhere in the middle of:

Getting On With It

    What do we have but life?

    What is it for but to live?

When shall we live it more than now?

Where will we live it more than here?

How can we live it unless we act?

Who is able to act more than you?

What do you have but life?

What is it for but to live?

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#1 To Make Something Of This Blog . . .

How often are we told to “Start at the beginning.”? Well, that may be fine with some “things,” like a topic, but sometimes one cannot do that. Take life, for instance. It was there before you and I arrived and will be there long after we are gone. In life nobody ever starts at the beginning. One simply never gets that chance. The only real choice anybody has is to jump into the thick of wherever it happens to be — without a clue as to what it’s all about.

So, if this blog is to have anything at all to do with life — and by definition it does — it’s must start  with where we find ourselves at the moment. And the best way to do that? By beginning where we are.

We don’t have to “make up something” about life. It’s already there. All we have to do is open ourselves up to it. Let’s do that this way. Take a look at this photograph, if you will . . . and give yourself a minute to take in everything you see.

(a work by Jerry Uelsmann)

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