Saturday, January 19, 2008

Gym and Dylan.

I went to the gym tonight for first time in about a month of doing nothing (nothing includes eating wonderful sweet and greasy food) and I can feel I am going to be sore tomorrow, then really sore the following day, because, for some silly reason, thats the way it works.

On the way home I was listening to an interview from 1981 with Bob Dylan (because I am a geek and I love public radio) and he said something that got me thinking. Here's a little piece from the interview:

Dylan: Not to say though, that art is valueless. I think art can lead you to God.

Herman: It's that it's purpose?

Dylan: I think so. I think that's everything's purpose. I mean if it's not doing that it's leading you the other way. It's certainly not leading you nowhere. It's bringing you somewhere. It's bringing you that way or this way.

I think Dylan has a good perspective on life that I miss many times. The idea that everything that we do leads us either closer to God or further from God. To love or away from love. I love the line "It's certainly not leading you nowhere.".

This is something I need to be reminded of because its easy for me to wrapped up in my little life that I miss the bigger picture of life. But, while I don't always feel the decisions I make are moving me one way or the other I suppose it does. I can always choose to be more loving or kind or helpful or giving or forgiving or thankful etc... or I can choose to be more stingy with my money or rude or short tempered or hateful or selfish etc... And if I look at these choices that we can make, I see its easy to pick out which of these can move me closer to be Godly and which push me further away. The thing that gets me is that I so many times have associated with the second list out of some belief that this makes me a stronger man or a stronger leader. While the whole time its probably just some insecurity inside of me thats showing its head while I should just be loving people like Jesus did. That would move me to where I want to be in life and to the person that I want to be.

Anyways this is just something I found interesting and wanted to pass it on. You can find a transcript of that Dylan interview here, its pretty interesting. Dylan goes on to speak about God and beauty and thats pretty cool too. Cheers.



mynhardt said...

yo! glad to see you have settled... moving to LA on 5 feb!

linked to you, btw:


Derek Sweatman said...

don't know if you've read dylan's book "Chronicles", but you should! it's awesome. and man is he ugly!

Derek Sweatman said...

don't know if you've read dylan's book "Chronicles", but you should! it's awesome. and man is he ugly!