Post exhibition frenzy, this morning my partner Albie referred me to the following passage in Mario Vargas Llosa‘s The Storyteller – an apt reminder of the need to return to a sane life again!
“The most important thing is not be impatient and allow what must happen to happen….If a man lives calmly, without getting impatient, he has time to think and to remember.
That way, he’ll meet his destiny, perhaps. He’ll live content, maybe. He won’t forget what he’s learned.
If he gets impatient, rushing to outstrip time, the world gets out of order, it seems. (My emphasis)
And the soul falls into a spiderweb of mud.
That is confusion…. Then he doesn’t know what to do, where to go. He doesn’t know how to protect himself either, saying: What shall I do? What must I do?
Then the devils and the little devils creep into his life and play with it. The way, perhaps, that children play with frogs, making them jump. Mistakes are always the result of confusion, it seems.”