“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Whatever the circumstances of your life, I hope you never stop loving and that you never stop reaching for love.
When the drama of life takes a downturn, it’s really okay to take some time to feel a little sorry for yourself. Heck, I spent a few days doing just that this past week after being laid off from my job.
Any more time than that can be dangerous and we end up “sitting in our own s&^t because it feels warm,” as my dear friend John famously says.
Yes, dark clouds do appear on your horizon from time to time. But how long will you let them block you from that which creates the ultimate sunshine: love?
Well-written, thought-provoking books are like air and water to me. They’re necessary for survival.
There are certain books that I’ll happily read on my Kindle or iPad. Then there are books that still require the sensory stimulation that only touching them and reading them can provide.
It’s sort of a joke at my house, maybe at yours too, when I reference a desire to own a new book.
“Okay, now is that a book-book or the e-version?” as if the e-version isn’t a real book.
Help Thanks Wow is definitely a book-book
I received Anne Lamott’s new book Help Thanks Wow for Christmas and dove in immediately while sunning on the beach in Cancun. If you’re familiar with her work, (Imperfect Birds, Grace (Eventually), Plan B and Traveling Mercies), you know her irreverent, yet deeply spiritual style.
“My dream is to have a house on the beach, even just a little shack somewhere, so I can wake up, have coffee, look at dolphins, be quiet and breathe the air.” ~ Christina Applegate
One of my favorite television shows as a little kid was Flipper, a fictional story set off the Florida Keys, with a dolphin, a game warden and his two sons, Sandy and Bud.
In the late 1960s, I was a long way from building a bucket list. But I knew two things about the far-off some day: One, I was going to run fast across the yard, throw my arms open wide and fly with the eagles and two, I was going to swim with dolphins.
I feel pretty happy about my .500 record.
“Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friend’s simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men.” ~ Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and his wife Lois, lived the remaining years of their lives after Bill got sober, here at Stepping Stones, a historic home in Westchester County, New York.
Just up the hill is Bill’s writing studio, which Lois named Wit’s End, and where he penned several books and articles, most notably, Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as The Big Book.