Damn, it’s been a rough week both personally and in the world. Rather than try and concise my confusing mind into a few words, I found that these artists speak brilliantly to the tidal wave of emotions that have left their traces across my face. Here’s to hoping that my anger decreases and my walls are left without holes and my knuckles without bruises.
“Never lose your fierce idealism. Let it be tempered by pragmatism, humility, and a willingness to learn, but never let anyone tell you that the better world you imagine is not possible. It is, through the power of partnership.”
“It’s a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.”
“Love is dark work; you have to get your hands dirty.
If you hold back, nothing interesting happens.
…You have to find the right distance between people.
Too close, and they overwhelm you;
too far and they abandon you.”
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
“Things didn’t work out because, well, greater things were in the works. It’s so difficult while we’re blind and hurting and don’t know which way is up. But, if you have faith in anything, have faith in the fact that the universe has a beautiful way of straightening things out far better than we ever could. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful– or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to.”
What Happens After What Was “Supposed To Be”
“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be. ”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely. “
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
“Lord, help me now to unclutter my life, to organize myself in the direction of simplicity.
Lord, teach me to listen to my heart; teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it.
Lord, I give you these stirrings inside me.
I give you my discontent.
I give you my restlessness.
I give you my doubt.
I give you my despair.
I give you all the longings I hold inside.
Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth; help me to listen seriously and follow where they lead through the breathtaking empty space of an open door.”
Shane Claiborne – A Prayer for Transition