Thursday, August 4, 2016

The best intentions

A couple of sentences from the book I'm reading, Split by Suzanne Finnamore, jumped out at me. (In the book, they appear a few pages apart):

"I intend truth, but some of what I believe to be true is doubtless untrue."

and

"'Everything is going according to plan,' Christian says. 'Just not the plan you made.'"

They could apply to writing. Or life in general. We are always aiming at truth, but we're never sure what we might have wrong. We must be confident, even while we know we're not perfect. We weave coherent narratives, knowing that any thread could loosen and start the unraveling if our understanding changes.

We plan even though we know our span of control is limited, and things will happen that we can't predict.

4 comments:

  1. How true this is. Just more to remind us that we have little to no control. But it's nice to think we do.

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  2. I agree with Lee above. We may not have complete control of our lives, but we must live like we do. Otherwise, we may become depressed. Thanks so much for sharing this with your readers, Jennifer.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, we have to do what we can, set out on our journeys even though we know they will take unexpected turns.

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