Friday, April 3, 2020

Musings in a Time of Crisis XI

To close out this week, which in so many ways has seemed apocalyptic and full of heartbreaking stories related to the pandemic, I am offering today a series of quotations that are meaningful to me and that I hope provide some inspiration and comfort to you in the coming days and weeks.


I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank


Spring has returned.
The earth is like a child that knows poems. 
Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke


I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary
in things; then I shall be one of those who makes things beautiful.
 Friedrich Nietzsche
Concept of Amor fati ("Love of Fate")
The Gay Science, Book IV


Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet 
confinement of your aloneness
to learn 

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

 is too small for you.
David Whyte
"Sweet Darkness" in The House of Belonging

If one wishes suffering not to happen 
to the people and the earth,
it begins with a kind heart.
Pema Chodron
Practicing Peace in Times of War 


It is in the troubling places that fear is
a companion that love keeps us walking.
Becca Stevens
Snake Oil 


Thankfulness finds its full measure in generosity 
of presence, both through participation and witness.
. . . Thankgiving happens when our sense of presence
meets all other presences. . . .
David Whyte
"Gratitude" in Consolations

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