154 Of 365 (366) For 2012

[ All credit to Fortunes2011 (coming back is hard), whose lovely picture may be found here. ]

 

“He saw that all the struggles of life were incessant, laborious, painful,

that nothing was done quickly, without labor,

that it had to undergo a thousand fondlings,

revisings,

moldings,

addings,

removings,

graftings,

tearings,

correctings,

smoothings,

rebuildings,

reconsiderings,

nailings,

tackings,

chippings,

hammerings,

hoistings,

connectings

— all the poor fumbling uncertain incompletions of human endeavor.

 

They went on forever and were forever incomplete,

far from perfect,

refined,

or smooth,

full of terrible memories of failure and fears of failure,

 

yet,

in the way of things,

somehow noble,

complete,

and shining in the end.”

 

[ Jack KerouacThe Town and the City ]