"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving." —
A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett.
Tiffany Aching is my hero, and I hope one day she will be my daughter’s little hero too.
I recently took my daughters to one of those mall pagodas to get their ears pierced. When it was our turn, my younger daughter took a deep breath, climbed into the chair, closed her eyes and said, “Okay! I’m ready!”
“We have to teach our children (and ourselves) that caution is often a sign of courage. That often NO is as brave an answer as YES. Because the little girl who says no in the face of pressure to pierce her ears or jump off a cliff might become a bigger girl who says no in the face of pressure to bong a beer or bully a peer. Whether her answer is YES OR NO- give me a little girl who goes against the grain, who pleases her own internal voice before pleasing others. Give me that girl so I can call her BRAVE loudly and proudly in front of the whole world. Give me a girl who has the wisdom to listen to her OWN voice and the courage to SPEAK IT OUT LOUD. Even if it disappoints others. Especially then.”
Yes. So many (childhood) memories when I felt shame(d) about how/what I felt because it disappointed others.
"The private relationship of worshipping God is the great essential of [spiritual] fitness. The time comes when there is no more “fig-tree” life possible, when it is out into the open, out into the glare and into the work, and you will find yourself of no value there if you have not been worshiping as occasion serves you in your home. Worship aright in your private relationships, then when God sets you free you will be ready, because in the unseen life which no one saw but God you have become perfectly fit, and when the strain comes you can be relied upon by God." — Missionary Munitions, September 10. Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost For his Highest”
Thoughts on a Tuesday
Before you start sipping on that venti hazelnut iced latte, pour it into your Vessyl so you can be horrified at how many hundreds of liquid calories are going down your throat.
It says on the site:
“It’s not magic, but close to it. The Vessyl knows and aggregates the makeup of everything you drink. No more guessing or journaling. It keeps track of what’s important to you… all automatically."
Just another data-tracking device to visualize for you what an utterly delicious mess your life is (:
Read this if you haven’t yet.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
46 pages in, I’ve already been moved to tears twice. I place this book in the same category as Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters - of stunningly beautiful novels that are simply a delight to read.
"A great many people seem to think that if you are a Christian yourself you should try to make divorce difficult for everyone. I do not think that. At least I know I should be very angry if the Mohammedans tried to prevent the rest of us from drinking wine. My own view is that the Church should frankly recognize that the majority of the British people are not Christians and therefore cannot be expected to live Christian lives. There ought to be two distinct kinds of marriages: one governed by the State with the rules enforced on all citizens, the other governed by the Church with the rules enforced by her on her own members. The distinction ought to be quite sharp, so that a man knows which couples are married in the Christian sense and which are not." —
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
Same could be said for birth control, gay marriage, etc.
"I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in the state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. […] Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other." — Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
"Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied." — Zadie Smith - 10 Rules of Writing