Friday, February 04, 2011
Weekly Quotes Part 5
Anne of Avonlea
. . . I don’t want her to be like other people. There are too many other people around as it is. (264)
I think the reason I chose this quote from what Davy says about Anne for so many obvious reasons. I don't want anyone I know to be like "other people" and I don't understand why anyone wants to try to be like "other people" and, yet, I know more people do try and fail and try again. I say just surrender to yourself and don't forget to breathe. It's so much easier!
Younger By the Day
In a patriarchal culture, mature women threaten the status quo. We think for ourselves. We don’t believe everything we’re told. We realize that consumerism is not the key to happiness and we have the audacity to say so. We like the truth and we’re willing to sort through a litany of lies to get to it. (41)
Garland of Love
You never really lose anybody you have loved. No matter what may separate you–time, distance, the relationships that preceded or may follow this one, even death–the love you shared and the soul you encountered through that love is yours forever in your heart, in who you are, in how you love. (January 30)
Sometimes part of the grief we experience when there is a loss--when a relationship ends for whatever reason--we think it is because we are trying to hold onto the love we think we've lost. The truth is, the grief connects us with the past but the love is always with us. And it is okay to hold onto the past so long as it heals the presence and we know when it is time to let go.
Joyful simplicities nourish body and soul by engaging our senses. They teach us how to live in the present moment. Life comes together when we seek out the Sublime in the ordinary. (January 31)
Breaking the Silence
When I became a caregiver to my mother, I found poetry writing a powerful tool to help transcend the burden of caregiving. (xix)
. . . I’m often asked ‘How do you help people write poetry who claim never to have written anything except grocery lists?’ It is possible if one believes as I do, that there is a poet in each of us who wants to be heard. (xxi-xxii)
I'm reading this book for the newsletter and am collecting quotes that may appear in the future newsletter. I initially thought I wouldn't share them here but then I thought I should.
In fact, just as we’ve relegated the dying to social margins (hospitals, nursing homes, hospices), so too we’ve sequestered death’s twins–grief and mourning–because they all too often constitute unnerving, in some cases, indeed, embarrassing reminders of the death whose ugly materiality we not only want to hide but also seek to flee (247)
[I]t’s ultimately the mourner who is embarrassed by her own suffering, encumbered with a weight of woe that fences her around with shame and blocks or mutes her speech. (255)
Insecure at Last
We are able to cross and dissolve all kinds of borders if we are willing to go to the political, emotional, and spiritual places we most fear and resist . . . . I am proposing that we can reconceive the dream. That we can consider wht would happen if security were not the point of our existence. That we find freedom, aliveness, and power not from what contains, locates, or protects us but from what dissolves, reveals, and expands us. (xix-xx)