This quote recently inspired me:
The difference between great artists, and artists who are not so great, is that great artists think deeply about simple things.
– David Corbett (The Art of Character)
Some people like to skip to the results. To producing things. To being recognized.
But the (artistic) achievements truly worth something usually come from a hidden, organic place. A place in which you are trying to capture and understand what is true, not what is sensational. Something simple about life grips you––its beauty, pain, or mystery––and you are compelled to set something into motion because of what you have glimpsed.
Sometimes it’s the moments when you are not doing anything in particular, when you’re not being productive in any measurable way, that the most profound realizations come to you. You look around at the Universe and a constellation rises out of the vast array of points. Things that previously seemed wholly unrelated suddenly reveal themselves as intricately intertwined. And you realize that your life is not a random set of decisions and experiences (oh, most certainly not), but something much more.