I stumbled across this image today—quoting the words of the fascinating Anais Nin—on the extra-fabulous Brain Pickings, which always features smart wonders to think about, and so deserves your attention (and your money).
Turns out, the lettering was done by Lisa Congdon, a really inspiring person and artist (artist person?) whom I had the pleasure of hearing speak at Camp Mighty—she told the story of basically leaping into her career as an artist, and not waiting until it all made sense. And yes, it’s worked out fantastically for her. Her confusions—or at least some of them; I’m sure there are more—have become clear.
It’s a brilliant phrase, and the kind of sentence you can crawl into, walking up and down its interior staircases, checking out all the different levels on which it is operating. It reminded me of another beautiful script image I cherish—maybe even still a tad more than this. “Trust Your Struggle.” Wait, here, I’ll find the photo:
See how it even reads differently in the script? It’s like an aria, an open-throated call for grace.
This is all we can do, and all we must do. Live the confusion, trust the struggle, and reach for clarity even if it is forever at just a fingertip’s distance away.