Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thoughts in regards to place

The art of being (mis)placed - by David Taylor

 "... Sometimes you leave your hometown in order to find your place elsewhere. Sometimes you leave your place of birth only to return years later and find that you belong there after all. Or more grandly, as Kathleen Norris puts it, 'A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.' Here is where you belong. Here is where you will stay put. It is your place and it is ourplace together....

My confession? I feel misplaced in my current city. While I know plenty of people who thoroughly love Durham, North Carolina, I fluctuate between total ambivalence and intense aversion to the city. It is a city that irritates me almost daily. After living here for three years, I have made my peace with the fact that Durham will be the first city in my life that I will be happy to leave.... But artists come along and perform an invaluable service.

For those of us who feel a tenuous or adverse relationship to our places of residence, artists help us to see that, in fact, God is happily at work here, quietly making grace happen in unexpected ways, gently rebuking our stubborn refusal to see that salvation and sanctification are occurring in this place—this street, this humidity, this church, this grocery store, these people...."

Blowin' my mind!

I watched this video and my heart quickened. A flood of emotions...all competing for their place in my thought process at the moment. It was as if I could feel the tools of my trade in my hands and a deep, intense desire to create and connect. Blowin' my mind and then piecing it all back together again. Man do I love the creative process.