Monday, July 10, 2006

Thoughts on Life (from a woman's point of view)

If you haven't read anything by Anne Lamott, repent, and go to the book store right away.

From her Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith. The quotes are taken from a chapter entitled " Untitled".

"Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life — it has given me me. It has provided time and experience and failures and triumphs and time-tested friends who have helped me step into the shape that was waiting for me. I fit into me now. I have an organic life, finally, not necessarily the one people imagined for me, or tried to get me to have. I have the life I longed for. I have become the woman I hardly dared imagine I could be."

"I still have terrible moments when I despair about my body — time and gravity have not made various parts of it higher and firmer. But those are just moments now — I used to have years when I believed I was more beautiful if I jiggled less, if all parts of my body stopped moving when I did. But I know two things now that I didn't at thirty: That when we get to heaven, we will discover that the appearance of our butts and our skin was 127th on the list of what mattered on this earth. And that I am not going to live forever. Knowing these things has set me free."

"I live by the truth that 'No" is a complete sentence. I rest as a spiritual act."

"On the day I die, I want to have had dessert. So this informs how I live now."

"Look, my feet hurt some mornings, and my body is less forgiving when I exercise more than I am used to. But I love my life more, and me more. I'm so much juicier."

"As that old saying goes, it's not that I think less of myself, but that I think of myself less often. And that feels like heaven to me."

Thanks to Mike Cope for the reference.


Len said...

Great quotes. I am going to have to look into her writings when I am at Borders tomorrow.

CJR said...

Len - Travelling Mercies is probably her seminal work.