“A Feat of Association”
June 10, 2009
One of my favorite quotes comes from Robert Frost: “An idea is a feat of association.”
I have had an idea today. My mind was wandering in all sorts of directions, juggling a hundred different thoughts, and suddenly they came together. An epiphany. A moment of clarity. A feat of association. Call it what you will. It is, in the end, An Idea. An idea that might allow me to rewrite a book I love but haven’t quite gotten right; an idea that could change the trajectory of my career; an idea that could truly change my life.
I need more time with it. I need to explore it further. I need to walk around it and examine it from all sides. But my hands are very nearly trembling with excitement. I don’t have any idea how I’m going to sleep tonight.