“writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. we are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. it's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. you can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
- anne lamott

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Gift from the Sea

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"To ask how little, not how much, can I get along with. To say--is it necessary?--when I am tempted to add more accumulation to my life, when I am pulled toward one more centrifugal activity."

"'No man is an island,' said John Donne. I feel we are all islands--in a common sea."

"We seem so frightened today of being alone that we never let it happen...there is still the radio or television to fill up the void... Even day-dreaming was more creative than this; it demanded something of oneself and it fed the inner life."

"For it is not physical solitude that actually separates us from other men...but spiritual isolation...the wilderness in the mind, the desert wastes in the heart through which one wanders lost and a stranger. When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too."

"The milk in the breast must be replenished by food taken into the body. If it is the woman's function to give, she must be replenished too."

"Nothing feeds the center so much as creative work, even humble kinds like cooking and sewing."

"It is all right to wish to be loved alone. Mutuality is the essence of love. There cannot be others in mutuality. It is only in the time-sense that it is wrong. It is when we desire continuity of being loved alone that we go wrong...There is no one-and-only, there are just one-and-only moments."

"Duration is not a test of true or false. The day of the dragon-fly or the night of the Saturnid moth is not invalid simply because that phase in its life cycle is brief.

"Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires." -Virginia Woolf

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