Along with talented friends on an artist’s forum, I am reading Julia Cameron’s book “Walking in This World”. It follows the same thread as her “Artist’s Way” guide, both aimed at helping people unlock and explore their creative potential. One continuing theme of Ms. Cameron’s program includes inspirational quotes in the books’ margins. Proceeding through each weekly chapter I tend to find at least one that stands out.
Week nine gave me the following:
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
This rousing, seemingly unscientific outlook led me to look up the genius on Wikipedia. There I found something nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer said at Mr. Einstein’s memorial. The following words reinforce the lauded theoretical physicist’s opinion.
“There was always with him a wonderful purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn.”
What better way to describe someone who sees miracles? Of course this is a visionary approach not only toward scientific achievement, but also artistic. Julia Cameron encourages both a childlike idealism and a strong (one might say stubborn) work ethic.
Whether theorizing on relativity or plotting a novel, human beings must see beyond the scope of reality. Yes, our storyline and characterizations may stay within a real world context. Our minds, however, are creating fiction. We are inventors.
I may be no Einstein, but I’m going to go now and invent something the world has never seen. Happy writing!