Friday, November 13, 2009

Writing and life advice: Believe the impossible (L'Engle)

"The concentration of a small child at play is analogous to the concentration of the artist of any discipline. In real play, which is real concentration, the child is not only outside time, he is outside himself. He has thrown himself completely into whatever it is he is doing. A child playing a game, building a sand castle, painting a picture, is completely in what he is doing. His self-consciousness is gone; his consciousness is wholly focused outside himself." (Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet)

"The world of fairy tale, fantasy, myth, is inimical to the secular world, and in total opposition to it, for it is interested not in limited laboratory proofs, but in truth.

"...It might be a good idea if, like the White Queen, we practised believing six impossible things every morning before breakfast, for we are called on to believe what to many people is impossible." (L'Engle, Walking on Water)

(Top photo: Child playing by Gerla Brakkee, Flickr, bottom photo: Children playing under sprinkler by Bill A, Flickr)

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