Saturday, November 22, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 22 November 2014

I used to think that paired opposites were a given, that love was the opposite of hate, right the opposite of wrong. But now I think we sometimes buy into these concepts because it is so much easier to embrace absolutes than to suffer reality. I don't think anything is the opposite of love. Reality is unforgivingly complex.   [Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life]


I’ve done a lot of this “I used to think” thinking and writing. It’s NOT always obvious, especially to me, but there sure have been a lot of “thinks” I’ve reconsidered in the NOT so BEautimous light of reality.

…awareness is learning to keep yourself company. And then learn to be more compassionate company, as if you were somebody you are fond of and wish to encourage. I doubt that you would read a close friend's early efforts and, in his or her presence, roll your eyes and snicker. I doubt that you would pantomime sticking your finger down your throat. I think you might say something along the lines of, 'Good for you. We can work out some of the problems later, but for now, full steam ahead!   [Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life]

We all need encouragement. Every one of us.

I love you, Currie

1 comment:

Carol said...

I have often found great encouragement in your words ♥ A bolstering of my ability to endure and perhaps even conquer the things that life throws at me. I hope that I have been able to give the same to you my friend. I sense that things have changed for you recently in some way and that you are trying to achieve a new balance. Sending you Strength and HOPE and most of all LOVE the strongest of all healers.