Could anyone but Chaplin have acted a part, and been able to put
into one expression the sweetness of desire and hope without hope?
Christmas night for me is a time of quiet and a time for quiet thoughts. It seems to me unexpected that a quote I ran across by the dear Charlie Chaplin has spoken strongly to my mind and heart. Chaplin was an agnostic and I'm a Catholic. He believed in a supreme being, but he said he didn't know exactly what He was like. I believe in God and the ultimate meaning of life, yet I think it wise of him to say, "What do you want meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning."
The great overall divine meaning is one thing to understand ... more difficult is trying to understand the times of travails of this world that leave you battered and buffeted over a lifetime. I have said "Why?" to many things. I have spent too much time trying to find earthly meaning of things that just happen. My faith pulls me out of it eventually, but I think it is also my ever-present desire to build the life I reach for. This is where Chaplin's thought touches me. I've always been one to plan, to wait for something to happen, to accept the idea of someday, always someday. It's a particular fault in me.
Chaplin inspires me with the thought of life where a well-disposed desire is equal to meaning. Anyway, that's the way it hit me. I want to bring this intention to life, even with my blog. I changed its description to utilize Chaplin's words, as well as a favorite picture of him in a favorite movie. Does my blog have meaning? Charlie would say, what's the difference? I want to do it, I desire to make it an even better place to write and share with others, and someday should just be now. Thanks, little tramp....
There was so much more to the Little Tramp
than most people ever knew of.
|Silent Night, Holy Night|