“The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.” ~Walter Scott, novelist and poet (1771-1832)
“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”
~Ernest Hemingway, Quoted in: A. E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway
If anyone had ever told me that some of the sweetest, most memorable days of my life would somehow involve Beatnik Poets, I might have looked at them with a perplexed, wrinkle-in-my-forehead kind of look and simply said….“Whut….?”
But it is true and life is sweet.
Sweetness this week:
- Allegra, my precious HG Sister/co-worker, delivered a beautiful baby boy on the birthday of another precious soul. I am excited beyond words. I love Sweet Clarification in that way that only comes in “meant to be” packages.
- The Poet Kataalyst received a package in the mail that made him happy. Kataalyst’s Uncle Allen stands tall, proud, and dignified. I adore you, Kataalyst. God bless you.
- Zouxzoux has inspired me in unspeakable ways. I love your heart and I love your words.
Happy Birthday to Brylan…a little miracle boy.
Happy National Poetry Month to the rest of you!
A part of me thinks I should be craving Egg Rolls…
10. “There is no such thing as normal life, Wyatt. Only life. Now get on with it.” ~Doc Holliday, Tombstone
9. “Memory is a selection of images. Some elusive, others printed indelibly on the brain. Each image is like a thread. Each thread woven together to make a tapestry of intricate texture and the tapestry tells a story and the story is our past.” ~Eve Baptiste, Eve’s Bayou
8. “Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.” ~Forrest, Forrest Gump
7. “Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love… true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.” ~Hub, Second Hand Lions
6. “You tell God the Father it was a kindness you done. I know you hurtin’ and worryin’, I can feel it on you, but you oughta quit on it now. Because I want it over and done. I do. I’m tired, boss. Tired of bein’ on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. Tired of not ever having me a buddy to be with, or tell me where we’s coming from or going to, or why. Mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other. I’m tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There’s too much of it. It’s like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?” ~John Coffey, The Green Mile
5. “I dreamed of you. I dreamed you were wandering in the dark, and so was I. We found each other. We found each other in the dark.” ~Melinda Moores, The Green Mile
4. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” ~Atticus, To Kill a Mockingbird
3. “Sat in that jail, I sat in that jail til I near about done rot to death. I know what it like to wanna go somewhere and cain’t. I know what it like to wanna sing… and have it beat out ‘ya. I want to thank you, Miss Celie, fo everything you done for me. I ‘members that day in the store with Miss Millie – I’s feelin’ real down. I’s feelin’ mighty bad. And when I seed you – I know’d there is a God. I know’d there is a God.”~Sofia, The Color Purple
2. “ … there are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s something inside… that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.” ~Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption
1. “Well, I don’t know. Some things in life, like the color of a house, don’t really matter. But lifting someone’s heart? Now, that matters.” ~August Boatwright, The Secret Life of Bees
“But nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great, ever came out of imitations. What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the world of becoming yourself…Perfection is static, even boring. Your unvarnished self is what is wanted.” ~Anna Quindlen
I love this. I thought you might, too.
I read this once upon a time on the pages of a blog I’ve enjoyed for quite some time. There are countless reasons why I enjoy reading the Traveling Mermaid but sometimes I’ll go back just so I can read these words.
Words carry such power. The words I share from the Traveling Mermaid are borrowed from Don Miguel Ruiz in “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” (2001).
I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.
Here you go:
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.