Friday, May 25, 2018

One wise quote

“The world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.” – Wendell Berry –

I am a collector of quotes.

I love the way words, when arranged in certain ways, can stick and stay with you like a green piece of spinach in your teeth.

I love the way wisdom doesn't need pages and pages to indoctrinate or instruct or influence you.  Just a few words that cause your mind to stop, your heart to strangely warm, and your soul to shout, "Yes!"

I love the way such sentences can roam around your mind and find ways to escape across your lips in certain situations.

The world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles...Berry says.  So often we think we have to go somewhere, rather than learn to be content here.  We dream of exotic locations or vacations, thinking that if we just leave the stress and strain behind, somehow it will disappear while we are away.  Or we think if I could just visit there, cross it off my bucket list, my life could be complete.  Never naming that our lives don't need a destination to be fulfilled, simply us to pay attention...which is another way of being prayer in the world ~ to be so intent and in-tune with what is right before you in this moment that it's beauty overwhelms us.

The journey is always more internal than external.  It is one where it is one step forward and twelve leaps back.  It is one where progress will cease to be a word that has any power because we are measuring millimeters here.  But we trudge on...being the prayer...daring to stay open to God...letting each moment teach and tell us something if only we are attentive. 

And when we do that, I believe Berry, we ground ourselves in the place called, "home".

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