“The world is violent and mercurial — it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.” ~ Tennessee Williams
I have read this quote many a time before, but I don’t think I fully appreciated until now, the few short months before I turn half a century young (!). However, we won’t need to refer to my age beyond this point since I have decided that age is only one POV after-all. Instead, I volley this quote out to you, my friends, as a point of reflection today. Reflection. How often do you reflect? In my short life, I have found reflection to be integral to finding meaning and purpose in life.
I know that for myself, this Tennessee Williams quote rings as true and as pure as the characters he brought to life with his plays. I still remember desperately attempting to use my research on A Streetcar Named Desire on my AP English exam, so inspired I was by his poignant work (it may have worked, but I am still traumatized by the Sylvia Plath poetic analysis of The Sow that dominated the exam. No offense to the brilliance of the poet, of course.).
Creatives (artists, poets, playwrights, designers, musicians, etc) often have a way of striking the ore of truth. I am going to save myself today by devouring the words of this genius playwright. It only takes 10 seconds to get down to the good stuff. Hold your breath, and Love, love, love. What will you do today?