Quotes have been a regular feature of this blog and I am feeling the desire to find and mull on wisdom regularly – to use it as an anchor and guidepost. So here is a new blog series of once a week ‘art and soul quotes. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
This one is from a favourite book of mine, Cry Pain, Cry Hope by Elizabeth O’Connor. Not easy to get hold of but some amazon copies out there…
“The relationship between pain and vocation first became clear to me when I was reading books on child development. In one book an author stated matter-of-factly that play is to a child what work is to an adult. In a very different book on play therapy another author explained how, in arranging dolls and toy furniture, the child expresses her inner conflicts and her struggle to work them out.
Is it possible that the adult, when working at what he wants to do, is also engaged in the same process? For such an adult his work becomes his play. Through that work not only is he healed, but he becomes a healer. It might be said that in finding vocation one discovers how to be at play in the world.”