In an age of iPhone and Instagram ubiquity, we capture and curate in ways unimaginable only a few decades ago. And this connects us in unexpected ways. But, it also can have a cost, one that pulls us out of the moment.
Wandering about offers signs about honor and honesty, sunset yoga on the Ganges, ways to live and uncover an undivided life, and behind-the-scenes looks of our work. Our look into this week's gems and delights.
This week's reflection on the words of Martin Luther King Jr., poetry, nourishment from our listeners, the goodness in sport, and the power of family.
From Kabbalah to comfort, curiosity to a prayer from the Prophet Muhammad. Our roundup of ideas and stories at On Being this week.
An NYPD officer's act of kindness with an Advent duet. Love from Mr. Matthew Crawley, pieces recommended for reading, and quotations from Krista Tippett. A round-up and a reminder that this joyous season be filled with acts of kindness.
—Alfred North Whitehead from Modes of Thought.
"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
—Helen Keller from The Story of My Life with Her Letters
"Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart."
—Corrie ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place.
Corrie ten Boom’s family hid Jews in their home during the Holocaust. After an informant reported on them in 1944, she and her family were arrested and sent to concentration camps where her father, nephew, and sister died.
“I was talking with one of my donors a few days ago who was talking about how memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
—Kazuo Ishiguro from Never Let Me Go.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
—Maya Angelou from Letter to My Daughter
"Not only is your story worth telling but it can be told in words so painstakingly eloquent that it becomes a song."
—Gloria Naylor from Conversations with Gloria Naylor.
Loving the woodcut feel of these book cover illustrations for the Evelyn Waugh
"We work in the dark - we do what we can..."
—Henry James from The Middle Years.
"The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain."
—F. Scott Fitzgerald from The Great Gatsby
"It’s the emptiest and yet fullest of human messages: Good-bye."
—Kurt Vonnegut from Bluebeard: A Novel
Our daily pairing of an image with a quote this time had the "aquanaut" in mind.
"Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity."
—Charles Marie Widor from an interview with Albert Schweitzer
“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession..."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom."
“You can listen to silence Reuven. I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it.”
—Chaim Potok from The Chosen.
Is there a limit to this thing that so many artists chase?
“He promised us that everything would be OK. I was a child, but I knew that everything would not be OK. That did not make my father a liar. It made him my father.”
~Jonathan Safran Foer from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
“My life has taught me that there is a wealth of strength within us, there is nothing we cannot handle. Life presents it’s purpose and beauty in all sorts of ways. The trick is to stay open to one’s strength, to not deny or strive to prove it, but rather to simply have it.”
—Matthew Sanford, from Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence