|A Cottage by the Sea||
Many of us stay away from suffering people because we’re not really sure what to say, what to give. But I realize now that it’s enough to just be with them.
Detachment from the world’s idea of what is good or proper is an absolute requisite in order to be one’s own person.
Homogeneity is a comfort only for those for whom it is built. For the rest of us, it is destabilizing not unlike trying to hid a beach ball under the water with your entire body.
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky that is the interior of the soul.
If you have been thinking that outer conditions are stronger than you are, say to yourself: “Tail ways dog”—and immediately reverse the belief.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
In the morning, look out and let the landscape take up full residence in your heart before all is intervened by the sound of human voices.