I stole this idea from my friend EJ, who borrowed it from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love the notion of organizing in one place those words that speak truth to me, that I turn to again and again. This is just a beginning for me, and I will be adding to it as I find new words that inspire.
"Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering, in order that they may have existence."
"Engrave this upon your heart: there isn't anyone you couldn't love once you heard their story."
Mary Lou Kownacki
"If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough."
|"You do not have to be good.|
|You do not have to walk on your knees|
|for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.|
|You only have to let the soft animal of your body|
|love what it loves.|
|Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.|
|Meanwhile the world goes on.|
|Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain|
|are moving across the landscapes,|
|over the prairies and the deep trees,|
|the mountains and the rivers.|
|Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,|
|are heading home again.|
|Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,|
|the world offers itself to your imagination,|
|calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -|
|over and over announcing your place|
|in the family of things."|
Rainer Maria Rilke
"The wound is the place where the light enters you."
"Little breath, breathe me gently, row me gently,
For I am a river I am trying to cross."
"What you seek is seeking you."
"The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life."
"Do to others as you would have them do to you."
"Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking."
"Write like a motherfucker."
What words would be in your own bible? Share the quotes that are like the blast of a trumpet to you in the comments.
p.s. I know that Mary Oliver poem by heart because I see it every day.