Monthly Archives: September 2007

carry on

-Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty

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style

…style is fluid: It’s not about the stuff you have—it’s about the way you live, the way you dress, the way you treat people.

-Deborah Needleman, domino


best moments

Sometimes, at the best moments, a single word or a look is enough.

-Honoré de Balzac


empty ourselves

And sometimes waiting can be a blessing. It might be a respite, a pause within which we allow healing to have its own rhythm, or things to take their time, or nature to follow its course. It can be a time when we relinquish our efforts to be in control and instead empty ourselves of demands and expectations and constraints.

In the best-case scenario, the landscape of waiting is a delicate one: an unbounded, translucent stretch of time before reality returns to ground and reshapes our sense of what will be possible for us. We can mentally perform any act of boldness, imagine a novel feeling of contentment, or envision a magical turn in our lives. Waiting is a world in between worlds, where anything might yet happen, where everything is still to be made manifest, and where, for a while, there are no limits.

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Perhaps the lesson is that when we find ourselves waiting, whether through force of circumstance or lingering habit, we should listen deeply. When the delay is grueling…we need to do everything we can to minimize our own or someone else’s suffering, and not confuse waiting with being inert or defeated. Whatever the particulars, we should feel the ground beneath us and observe the space around us. And remember to breathe.

Sharon Salzberg


the true fabric

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self. -Agnes Repplier

What is this life if,
full of care,
we have no time
to stand and stare?
-W.H. Davies

Rest and be thankful. -William Wordsworth


decide everything

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

-Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., 1907-1991