We have all heard the sentence;
"You will know the truth and the truth will set you free."
I am considering those words this morning and wondering - what truth I may be hiding myself from. What sentence have I not been able to read? What song have I not been able to really listen to? Sometimes we just don't dip the ladle deep enough to get the meat that settled to the bottom.
When I am attempting to draw, like I was yesterday, on the top level of a hospital parking ramp downtown - I'm looking out on a view of my city trying to connect. Working with charcoal and ink I attempt to put down on paper not just what I see, but what I actually feel about what I see.
I believe I come to love more intensely what is under my gaze when I am drawing. Because when I am drawing - I am trying to understand. I am trying to just be with something other than myself in a moment of time. This kind of connection building has the potential to make a person tiny bit wiser, a tiny bit more able to empathize, and ultimately a tiny bit more able to love.
To draw something is related to knowing the truth about something - and this lives right next door to being a tiny bit more free.