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Things I Believe

“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege – my *privilege* to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“The world breaks us all and after, some are stronger in the broken places.”
-Ernest Hemingway

The lines of poetry that changed my life:

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

-from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

One Comment leave one →
  1. Melanie permalink
    December 18, 2009 9:22 am

    Have you listened to any David Whyte?

    You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

    powerhouse…. I like Mary Oliver’s The Journey. as well.

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