I wrote my first Perspectives (“Haiti”) on January 2, 2012. (You can read them all here). Initially, the blogs were limited to 250 words and published five (sometimes six) times a week. Their intent was to present a modest thought, one that sought to connect the personal world to the public world, in the hope of stimulating us (you and me) to think a little differently – to consider something, if you will, from a new perspective. I had no grand design, although I took as my model Robert Frost’s description of a poem as something that “begins in delight . . . and ends in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification – but in a momentary stay against confusion.”
Over the ensuing six-and-a-half years I have remained committed to brevity, even as I have made the blogs somewhat longer (about 500 to 600 words) and less frequent (twice a week) in an effort to develop a thought more fully – but still believing that each post carries an ephemeral idea whose goal is as much to raise a question as to deliver an answer. The reason, of course, is that I don’t really have any answers, and so I came to see Perspectives, not just a collection of individual blogs, but as a cumulative journey on which I hoped to gain a little better understanding of both the world and myself – and to convey to others whatever it is I may have learned.
In the last few weeks I’ve hit a bit of a wall, as I have confronted my growing inability to understand, let alone write about, the world around me. Oh, I still have plenty of opinions, but lately they have come to seem increasingly trite, repetitive and uninspired. I don’t aspire to be one more strident voice vying to be heard above the clamor. And so I have decided to take some time off, to refresh myself and see if there are other ways and venues where I can make some small contribution – to gain new perspectives and engage more deeply in thinking and living than this blog and its self-imposed deadlines allow.
Many of you have been reading these posts for years – or at least you have allowed them to be delivered to your inbox before deleting them. Many of you have shared both your thoughts and your money. Perspectives has always felt to me more like a conversation than a monologue, even if I did most of the talking, and I look forward to picking up the thread in the fall. In the meantime, the words “thank you” do not begin to convey the gratitude I feel. But they’re the best I have, so...