Wednesday, October 30, 2013

words that rescue ...

[Emily P. Freeman writes from her heart ... a million little ways ... and her words are impacting mine.]

"Our passions aren't the goal, but they are signposts, like arrows pointing to our center.  Here is the path to the deepest part of who you are, how you are made, the poetry of your soul." [p60]

"We don't have to be so afraid of desire.  It's time instead to wake up to it.  In the waking, maybe we will begin to see that instead of principles to follow, life is more like a rhythm to move with."  [p67]

"There is a mysterious connection between having hopes for our future and being secure in our identity now."  [p68]

"Either we have lived a lot of our lives denying who we truly are and we feel discouraged for the wasted time, or we see what we most deeply desire and want to forsake everything in order to have those desires satisfied now.  We are in danger of sinking into either regret and anxiety or self-effort and self-expression."  [p78]

"Believe in myself and I sink into the waves of worry, procrastination, daily tasks, and diagnoses.  There is no dry ground in sight." [p86]

"Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.“You of little faith,” he said,“why did you doubt?”"
~ Matthew 14:31 NIV ~

"Criticism is the key in the artist's life.  How we handle our critics could be the difference between creating art that matters and allowing the art to die." [p89]

"The critic in our head is hard to confront, mainly because we tend to believe every ugly word she says.  Her mantra just becomes a part of our normal, like how we always part our hair on the same side or keep our food from touching on our plate.  It's just how things are." [p95]

"The more I confess my frail humanity, the louder I hear the sound of another voice rising up in me, one that has some weight behind it.  it is the voice of Hope, and Hope speaks with courage and a bit of a laugh.  Because when those things we most fear will happen actually happen, we have a unique window of opportunity to take inventory of the battlefield in the aftermath.  We look around, blink our eyes, listen to the quiet, and think to ourselves, I am not dead.  That did not kill me after all." [p97]

"How we respond when confronted with the critic has the potential to be the most beautiful art we'll ever make .... It isn't something you point to, it's a way you live." [p105]

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