Oliver Sacks On Perspective

1a6c5-img_0334Oliver Sacks (July 9, 1933 –August 30, 2015)

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming…This is not indifference but detachment.

Oliver Sacks On The Sabbath

   Oliver Sacks   (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015)
Oliver Sacks   (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015)

And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and perhaps the seventh day of one’s life as well, when one can feel that one’s work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest.

🎂Happy Birthday  Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015) In Memoriam 🌹

Oliver Sacks On Ideas

   Oliver Sacks   (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015)  
Oliver Sacks  (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015)  

All of us, to some extent, borrow from others, from the culture around us. Ideas are in the air, and we may appropriate, often without realizing, the phrases and language of the times. We borrow language itself; we did not invent it. We found it, we grew up into it, though we may use it, interpret it, in very individual ways. What is at issue is not the fact of “borrowing” or “imitating,” of being “derivative,” being “influenced,” but what one does with what is borrowed or imitated or derived; how deeply one assimilates it, takes it into oneself, compounds it with one’s own experiences and thoughts and feelings, places it in relation to oneself, and expresses it in a new way, one’s own.

Oliver Sacks On Creativity

   Oliver Sacks   (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015) 
Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015) 

It takes a special energy, over and above one’s creative potential, a special audacity or subversiveness, to strike out in a new direction once one is settled. It is a gamble as all creative projects must be, for the new direction may not turn out to be productive at all.


Oliver Sacks On Sudden Insight

   Oliver Sacks   (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015)
Oliver Sacks   (July 09, 1933 – August 30, 2015)

To be full of strength and vigor one moment and virtually helpless the next, in the pink and pride of health one moment and a cripple the next, with all one’s powers and faculties one moment and without them the next – such a change, such suddenness, is difficult to comprehend, and the mind casts about for explanations.

Note: I, too, am in such a quandary as I seach for an explanation, knowing and completely aware there might not be one. Tao.