I fervently beg the Lord to strengthen my faith, so that in my drab, everyday life I will not be guided by human dispositions, but by those of the spirit. Oh, how everything drags man towards the earth! But lively faith maintains the soul in higher regions and assigns self-love its proper place; that is to say, the lowest one. — St. Faustina, Diary 210 (via burning-lampstand)
"And you—what of your rushed
and useful life? Imagine setting it all down—
papers, plans, appointments, everything—
leaving only a note: “Gone
to the fields to be lovely. Be back
when I’m through blooming.”
~Lynn Ungar’s poetic words in this essential bit of wisdom from Parker Palmer.
Photo by Charles Knowles
Yoho National Park, Canada
Having just dropped a cool G on repairs for my car, just weeks after the mail comes with offers to trade it in, I am once again faced with the decisions that are new to me at this stage of my life. Being 24 is certainly a great time in life with promise and opportunity and the idea of great things still ahead, but it also really becomes a time where decisions made start to really have a major impact on what path in the woods are going to be taken and what doors are going to be closed. Its hard not to feel blessed to be my age with a job I enjoy and the opportunity for house/car purchases ahead, but all of that symbolizes responsibility and at 24 there’s an adventurous side of me that rejects that idea of being tied down by decisions and financial burdens. More on this later…
This will be my documentation of my life without other social media for the next forty days. It will be a bit of a cleansing or purging so to speak to steer clear of wasted time and try to refocus on the priorities that belong as part of my life. It will not always be to address my experience but rather a return to writing and putting down my thoughts and musings on anything that strikes me on a day to day basis. One of my professors once told me that it’s much easier to read and critique writing when you are engaging in the task yourself. That is important for me to return to. So here we go.