Infinite words but just one small life.

Beautiful photo. Magical place. I loved the last paragraph of this post from “Cool San Diego Sights.” ~~~~~F

“Our lives are finite. But the infinity that is contained in words can expand our lives. That is their purpose.”

Cool San Diego Sights!

Sailboats moored near Shelter Island, downtown San Diego skyline in the background. Sailboats moored near Shelter Island, downtown San Diego in the background.

Anyone who tries to write soon realizes a daunting truth. There are countless possible stories to tell, and numberless ways to tell each one. Infinity multiplied by infinity amounts to a whole lot of indecision!

Last weekend I stood on a patch of beach on Shelter Island. A sailboat moored nearby fascinated my eye, and I puzzled over its profound complexity for several minutes. How could I accurately paint that sailboat with words? How could I phrase the most perfect description? Is it even possible? With a million words is it possible?

As I watched the bobbing boat and struggled to sequence potent adjectives, a sudden thought shook me: Writing’s purpose, like art’s purpose, isn’t to replicate the world. It’s to stretch our minds. That is all.

Words are limitless. As limitless as the universe. They allow us to…

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