Inspiration

 

The closest thing I can liken life to is a book, the way it stretches out on paper, page after page, as if to trick the mind into thinking it isn’t all happening at once. Time has pressed you and me into a book, too. This tiny chapter we share together, this vapor scene, pulling our seconds and minutes into hours. Everything we were is no more, and what we will become, will become what was. This is from where story stems, the stuff of its construction laying at our feet like cut strips of philosophy. I sometimes look into the endless heavens, the cosmos of which we can’t find the edge and ask God what it means. Did you really do this to dazzle us? Do you really keep it shifting, rolling round the pinions to stave off boredom? God forbid Your glory would be our distraction. And God forbid we would ignore your glory… // Life cannot be understood flat on a page… it has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath: I’ll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time…
-Donald Miller

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I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
-Ernest Hemingway

249377_10152604628825012_2109841893_n“We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things going from one quick base to another, often with a frenzy that wears us out. We collect data, things, people, ideas, ‘profound experiences’, never penetrating any of them. But there are other times. There are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.”-James Carroll

Creative, meaningful work comes from a strong soul, one that’s been fed and nurtured enough to be bold and honest and fearless. -Shauna Niequist

The measure of the good God’s doing in our lives isn’t how we’re feeling about it. Be strong and courageous. – Bob Goff

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