Friday, December 23, 2011
Yes, it's Friday Five, but I've used one of my favorite quotes (and yes, it sits on my desk so I can't miss it every time I look up from my computer) as the picture so you're going to get six.
This Kahlil Gibran quote is how I try and live my life - loving my work, both writing and other, and even if I'm having a bad day, remembering that "work is love made visible" - whether I'm doing the dishes or the laundry or cleaning my house, whether I'm typing a letter at the office, or editing a story or writing a poem - it's love.
The next quote isn't quite as solemn or perhaps as life changing, but this quote is also on my desk - perhaps I keep it there to remind myself that no one knows what's out there:
How do you know that the planet Mars isn't carried around by an angel? ~ J.B.S. Haldane
I don't know where this next quote came from, but it's one of my favorites:
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - cigar in one hand, favorite beverage in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming WOW - what a ride!
This forces me to remember that the only moment I know I've got is this one - so I damn well better enjoy it.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James
It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. ~ Confucius
Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver
What I plan to do with my one wild and precious life is to live it, to act as if what I do makes a difference, to carry on and not stop, to remember that work - all work, is love made visible.
Good plans for 2012.