Don’t Think About It–Just Live
Don’t Think About It - Just Live
Ernest Hemingway is one of my heroes, but perhaps not in the manner some might expect.
Certainly, some of his actions were crude and sexist. He tended to brag and boast. And he shot animals for trophies.
Hidden beneath his exterior, however, lived a man who knew the way things “ought to be,” even if he could not achieve his own dreams. He knew his limitations, and though he never admitted it publicly, his writings revealed his knowledge. He was a stealth philosopher, who understood grace under pressure.
In his famous memoir, A Moveable Feast, he penned a sketch about his friend, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and in doing so taught all of us a lesson in life, even if he failed to listen to his own wisdom. Of Fitzgerald (and many of us), he said:
“His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly anymore because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.”