Monday, September 10, 2007

Georgia O'Keefe, "Sunset on Long Island"

For the last many years, I guess you could say I’ve been repenting. The word “repent” originally meant something like “go in a totally new direction”, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do. For most of my life, I’ve walked in the direction of material things, simply because they seemed all important. I suppose matter was my “god”. Everything – even love -- was subservient to the all-pervading power of the material world. Now, though, I’m moving in the exact opposite direction. I’m keeping my eye on spirit instead of matter, on thought instead of things. I’m worshipping the power of ideas rather than the power of material objects. To me, qualities like love and gentleness and kindness have become far more venerable than anything material. I don't go to church nor do I belong to any religious organization, but I’ve repented. I’m walking a new road.

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