"It may be that we have lost our ability to hold a blazing coal, to move unfettered through time, to walk on water; because we have been taught that such things have to be earned; we should deserve them; we must be qualified. We are suspicious of grace. We are afraid of the very lavishness of the gift.
But a child rejoices in presents!"
~ Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
"Some people don't really bother much with remembering; it seems such a useless activity. But most writers are addicted to it."
"I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm."
"Over and over, we have to go back to the beginning. We should not be ashamed of this. It is good. It's like drinking water." ~Natalie Goldberg
"The turning point in the whole cycle of growing is the emergence of a focus or a theme. It is also the most mysterious and difficult kind of cognitive event to analyze. It is the moment when what was chaos is now seen as having a center of gravity. There is a shape where a moment ago there was none."
~Peter Elbow, Writing Without Teachers
"Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness." ~Mary Oliver
"If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed." ~ Ernest Hemmingway
Hello, you. Another good day, a day full of promise and air to breathe, that's what I wish for you. I wish you a day to feel, smell, see, hear and taste. I wish you a day to immerse yourself in images that soothe your heart. I wish you a day that holds the right amount of solitude and a generous amount of support. I wish you a supernatural happiness, unexplained but felt and appreciated. I wish you a sense of YOU and the magnetic characteristics that cause others to love you. Look in the mirror and say, "Oh, there you are, my friend."
Love others as you love yourself.