Category Archives: quotations and poetry

stop trying to fix

“Everything slows down when we listen and stop trying to fix the unfixable.” -Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway The hardest thing in the world: Just listening.  Just being there.  Not trying to fix. Abiding.

Alert to the extraordinary

One can learn to be alert to the extraordinary and press pause – to memorize moments of the everyday. – Bill Hayes, Insomniac City

Every moment is a golden one

Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, […]

the same materials to work with

It will always be confusing to think that that which is terrible and that which is beautiful have the same materials to work with: the brick and mortar and earth and stars of our immediate world. There is that which can kill us, and that which will save us, and we live among them, struggling […]

what is beautiful belongs to the eternal

Simone Weil wrote, “All the natural movements of the soul are controlled by laws analogous to those of physical gravity. Grace is the only exception.” I had spent years trying to understand what she meant, but I think I was beginning to comprehend now – that there are those supernatural physics that allow for a […]

my awe at the gift of life

What I know for sure is this: We come from mystery and we return to mystery. I arrived here with no bad memories of wherever I’d come from, so I have no good reason to fear the place to which I’ll return. And I know this, too: Standing closer to the reality of death awakens […]

love and loss conjoined

I wanted her to see that the only life worth living is a life full of love; that loss is always part of the occasion; that love and loss conjoined are the best opportunity we get to live fully, to be our strongest, our most compassionate, our most graceful selves. -Pam Houston This is one […]

Conscious of our treasures

On Monday night, I watched part of Whit’s hockey practice.  I stood at the end of the rink, watching him through the scuffed plexiglass (I can always identify him because he has red laces in his skates), and was overcome with a swell of contentment.  Thornton Wilder’s words, which always remind me of Aidan, rose […]

joy to be found

I am still full of questions, but life has taught me this: Love moves with us.  Always, there is joy to be found. -Connie Schultz Yet another perfect quote that I found on First Sip.

what is

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. – Albert Einstein