Be Still and Know

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Many of us are willing to embark upon any adventure, except to go into stillness and to wait, to place all the wealth of wisdom in the secrecy of this soil, to sow our own soul for a seed in that tract of land allocated to every life which we call time–and to let the soul grow beyond itself. Faith is the fruit of a seed planted in the depth of a lifetime.

Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion

After a long, cold, rainy night, I rose this morning before dawn to a 37-degree wet morning, but was glad to know that the only task before me was changing out the exhibit in the gallery. About 50% of the paintings have been replaced with others, and I was surprised to have it all done before the gallery officially opened at 10:00.  Even more surprised was I to encounter several patrons and make sales before 10:00. Once 10:00 arrived, the typical quiet Sunday morning set in, and I was able to collapse into a chair and breathe. Allergies have dragged my system down the past couple of days, and I regret that my energy level is low, but not my capacity for contemplation.

Reading from the Heschel text has been satisfying, particularly the piece I posted above. I recall the impatience I felt in the years of my youth, when studying under the guidance of teachers and professors, wishing I knew more, wishing I had more talent, wishing I had some kind of a defined purpose in life.  My mentors usually smiled and said, “It will come. Just be patient.”

In my current senior years, I cannot claim to be wise, but I do understand now that the qualities for which I yearned come over a stretch of time. There is no royal road, no shortcut, no cheat sheet. Hegel said the owl of Minerva flies only at dusk. I’m deeply thankful that I have been granted the gift of living this long. I’m grateful that foolish mistakes from my past did not prevent me from getting to this place. My twin loves of art and scholarship have finally taken root to where I can detect some progress, yet I still know the drive of wanting to know more, wanting to push the boundary into new territory.

I have pursued a train subject in painting since March and am glad that this show has finally ended. I already know what I wish to study next, and will gladly unveil that project in the new year. I have a solo show opening just around the corner, in January. Once that show is up, I plan to chase this new project and share it with you.

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

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11 Responses to “Be Still and Know”

  1. anthonygrootelaar Says:

    Thank-you for your thoughtful account ..yes, you cannot be a peace if you are distracted.


  2. Xraypics Says:

    Your piece today touched me. It came during a moment taken in the middle of a busy morning. “I cannot claim to be wise but I do know that the qualities for which I yearned came over a stretch of time.” A small but significant nugget of truth. Thank you. Well done on your success in the gallery, and i hope that the allergies recede. May I wish you a very happy Christmas time!


  3. Dian Darr Says:

    Love this essay! I share these ideas on my journey over the last year. You are such a wordsmith as you express in writing the thoughts many of us feel. Now, we must all wait to find out what we next get to see unfold in your life!


    • davidtripp Says:

      Your comments are always so gracious, Dian. I am more grateful for life now that I ever have been before, and wish it could last another seven hundred years or more. There is still so much waiting to be discovered, and so little time to search!


  4. Be Still and Know | Recollections 54 The Art of David Tripp | Says:

    […] His words touched me. We are not alone. […]


  5. theunretired Says:

    Thank you for reminding me we are not alone.


  6. letspaintnature Says:

    Having patience is my greatest struggle. Great post!


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