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"...when we forget that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all." Lynda Barry
Enlightenment, in my world, refers to the process that takes me, by leaps or shuffles, from being unknowing on any particular topic to be a bit less unknowing. Example: I may twitch for a while if I stop eating dark chocolate in the quantity I prefer but I won't die.
We who have survived and emerged from places of trauma, terror, damage and examples of the bad behavior of others may have moments of doubt about our skills, our competence, our okayness. We come to consciousness with too little knowledge about nuance, grey areas, moderation. We are likely unfamiliar with allowing ourselves to be however we are in any moment. Or, if not unfamiliar, still uncomfortable. Unexpectedly, Lynda Barry's book, SYLLABUS is helping me experiment with the discomfort of being. Lynda Barry, generally, is an appropriate direction in which to turn when discomfort shows up. Hiding out with her characters as they speak her words, one is less likely to feel alone. We discover smart people have covered this ground before and lived to tell the tale.
|From Lynda Barry's WHAT IT IS.|
|From Lynda Barry's SYLLABUS.|