Dali, Salvador: A twentieth-century Spanish surrealist painter
I’m always baffled by the word “surrealist.”
Probably if I shared my life and journey with you, you might find it surreal. So surrealism is a judgement rather than an actual thing.
Salvador Dali painted landscapes which were infused with melting clocks. For his efforts, we categorize him as surreal.
But perhaps his message was that time does not fly, time does not slip away, but instead, time, by its very nature, melts down into an image of the effort we have expended.
Much of my life has been the slow elimination of days, months and years.
But I don’t remember the clock.
I don’t recall the tick or the tock.
Instead, my time is marked by events, creations and even the children of my pursuits.
Time melts down into whatever we want it to be.
This is not surreal.
It is surreal to think that we can do nothing, ignore our gifts, sit back, wait—and that our time will still be meaningful.
I’m not saying that Dali was looking that deeply into it. Maybe there was just a sale on blue, green and yellow paint at the local store.
But I will tell you–whether it was a message from his heart or an accidental revelation, there is a beautiful warning to one and all:
Make sure your human clock melts in a meaningful way.