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Perspective: Day Seven

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18 KJV)


Quotes can be insightful or they can incite disagreement. Either way is good, because my response to a quote can spark a dialogue in my journal. The conversation could be full of praise for the ideas in the quote or I could argue with the quote. Is that really true? Or why do you say that? Of course, this brings us back to the context of a quote.

One way to get more context is to study the person who made the quote. Who was Isaiah? Who was Diana Vreeland? For the Isaiah quote, we have to note that Isaiah actually attributes the quote to the Lord. Who is the Lord? Even if you think you know the answer to the who questions, I challenge you to discover more, to be open to a perspective you hadn’t considered or reasoned through before? Your journal is a safe place to pose these questions for yourself.

Diana Vreeland, earned the title Empress of Fashion, and led a very fascinating life. Some think that she fabricated more than fashion, that she may have fashioned her life story to suit herself.

Her story, presented in a film called Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, is worth a watch. The documentary told mostly from her perspective is a visual feast. It offers a glimpse into the history of fashion, and how creativity can influence a career. I like studying others who take art to a different level, than I would ever have the time or ability to achieve. They have experience that can be applied to my own creative practice. Also they say some very profound and quotable things that are worth pondering, whether I agree or disagree.

Your prompts for today:

I agree or disagree with Isaiah’s quote because . . .

I agree or disagree with Diana Vreeland’s quote because . . .


One response to “Perspective: Day Seven”

  1. I appreciate your *perspective* 🙂 on quotations, Kel. I love to use quotes as thought-and-dialogue prompters as well. I use them in my journal to provoke pondering, like you do, and in my writing, like you do, to add deptj. In fact, I love to include them at the outset, as stand-alone gems, and then weave them into my writing, as a way to squeeze them for all they are worth. Words worthy of quotation are generally deeper, richer, more inspiring than most, because, just as you have suggested, they inspire us to go deeper. I love that all the Bible is quote-worthy (even passages that seem unclear or remote), and no wonder: God is the author! Thank you for your encouragement to explore Him further by exploring His truths. You are so right that a quotation will offer deeper insights when we know its author. That is true too of most arts. If I know that Bach was a strong Christian (and he was), his music takes on deeper poignancy and power. If I know that Horatio Spafford wrote the lyrics to “It Is Well with My Soul,” after his daughters drowned in the ocean (and they did), suddenly his words are not just words, but a powerful testimony to his courageous faith in God and God’s peace in his indescribable pain. If I know that John Singer Sargent painted his “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,” (which I wrote about at your blog) in feverish minutes at sunset to capture just the right hues before they fled, it speaks more powerfully of capturing precious moments of life before the flee irrevocably. Thank you for this thoughtful post which bespeaks the beauty of quotations and their sources. I thnk that I will quote you sometime!

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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