The Profundity of Change

the profundity of change

“Breaking through the solid grid of references”

Thank you Jana for this perfect line. @jana_h_white /

The Profundity of Change. 20×16 in. 50×41 cm. Acrylic and mixed media on panel.


“Therefore, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“We are no longer the knights who say Ni! We are now the knights who say ekki-ekki-ekki-ptang-zoom-boing!”  – Monty Python



12 thoughts on “The Profundity of Change

  1. This post just helped me six ways from Sunday (and it is Saturday, here, now ;))…

    I started out feeling most in agreement with the one from Monty Python, but then re-plunged like a repeat-stone-thrown into the river of Rilke, higher above…

    Thanks, John 😚🦋🙏💛

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    1. I know, me too. “We are no longer the knights who say Ni…” is such a profound Zen turn-around from the previous reality that it just simply says it all…but the convention of scrolling says that you should have already earned your wings by dancing through the numinous and poignant beauty of Rilke. I like very much that you chose to do it backwards.
      Thank you for always being there.

      PS. Aren’t you supposed to be on a quest?

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  2. Hi John. The kinetic blue shape near the bottom reminds me of a ravenous appetite. Maybe that fits in with Jana’s quote, ‘breaking through….’ Something in me would want to get to that green leaf, or feather.

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    1. I agree Steven…a ravenous and angry appetite for…change? solid understandable ground? physical touch? breaking through the solid grid of long accepted references, of who we all agreed we were before C 19. I think of The Chicxulub asteroid. We will never again be as we were. The question now is, for every one of us, who do you want us to be?

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