Life

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Well, New York was fun. It was also exhausting. We just got back to Louisville last night, my house is a disaster, and my desk at work appears as if I've been off for a month, not three days. One thing at a time, as they say....

I finished a book on the train this weekend -- Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller. It is a self-proclaimed "road-trip memoir"; I enjoyed it. He's a good writer. I read Blue Like Jazz a long time ago, along with Searching for God Knows What, and I enjoyed them both. Apparently BLJ is a movie now. I'm not much of a movie person, but maybe I'll go see it... I need to get out more, anyway! I'm also thinking of re-reading the book.

Donald's writing is smooth to me, and he has a habit of saying poignant things without really realizing it {that's the way I read it, anyway!}. The below passage struck me as I read it on Sunday -- maybe you will like it, too. It rings so true to me that I could have written it myself. Oh, and the photo was taken by a dear friend -- isn't it beautiful?
















I've learned, too, that I don't really know very much about anything. I mean, I used to have all these theories about life. I thought I had everybody figured out, even God, but I don't. [I have learned that] life is enormous, and I am very tiny in the middle of it. I feel, at times, like a droplet of water in a raging river. ... I think I would sum it up this way: life is not a story about me, but it is being told to me, and I can be glad of that. 


Months ago I would have told you life was about doing, about jumping through religious hoops, about impressing other people, and my actions would have told you this is done by buying possessions or keeping a good image or going to church. I don't believe that anymore. I think we are supposed to stand in deserts and marvel at how the sun rises. I think we are supposed to sleep in meadows and watch stars dart across space and time. I think we are supposed to love our friends.... I think life is spirituality.

2 comments:

Kari said...

I love this photo, this quote, that you finished the book, and most importantly that you are home safe. :)

all that i am said...

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