“Let someone love you, just the way you are, as flawed as you might be… To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.” – Marc Hack
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
“…You didn’t come onto this earth as a perfectionist or control freak. You weren’t born a person of cringe and contraction. You were born as energy, as life, made of the same stuff as stars, blossoms, breezes. You learned contraction to survive, but that was then. You have paid through the nose—paid but good. It is now your turn to reap.” – Anne Lamott, Read more in Salon Magazine, October 2013
Many thanks to my sister Amy who shared this beautiful quote with me. How I deeply recognize that longing feeling…don’t you?
It’s the wistfulness that covers me at the turn of the seasons, the sweet ache of seeing my sons grow from toddlers to teens, the frequent thoughts of “what if I hadn’t met that person, so dear as he or she is?”
It’s a little boy laughing in the living room, inspiring a celebratory song, just weeks after a life-saving surgery. It’s a Saturday morning, praying for Persis and her search for the very best blueberry pancakes, while watching carefree children throw a football through the fall air.
Sweetness and sadness, elation and ache, co-mingled. Subtle yet striking shadows that point to the presence of God in the universe and in my life. The place where all the beauty came from.
“It was when I was happiest that I longed most. The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.” CS Lewis
I went searching for a quotation on strategy this morning, and was surprised that this one–technically about surfing–gave me the strongest tug. Have you ever thought of surfing as strategy? “Moi non plus,” as the French would say, but of course now that I have been shown the way, it is so obvious.
Do you know how to be a watcher of the ocean? How to spot the waves where they are breaking? How to adjust your direction and timing based on the conditions you can’t control and couldn’t anticipate?
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You should be able to download the image about surfing at a high enough resolution to place on your desktop or print out…wherever you need it for inspiration. Thanks in advance for sharing it on Pinterest as well.
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My friends, are you crawling around under the table–like my cat Wesley does–looking for a mere crumb to enjoy?
As Mary Oliver points out, shouldn’t joy rather resemble an abundant table, piled high with delicious decadence?
Look around and up. What do you see?
Joy is not meant to be a crumb.