This past week I read The Journal Keeper by Phyllis Theroux. My only regret is that it’s a library copy. While I read, I tagged several pages with Post-Its. These were pages that had words that I found to be especially wise or meaningful or poignant (or all three). The library copy has been returned which means I’ll need to add this book to my wish list so I can own my copy and highlight the passages that resonated so strongly with me.
Because I am still thinking of Phyllis Theroux’s beautiful writing, I’d like to share some of these eloquent statements with you. I hope you may find one (or more) that speak to you as well.
Being a writer does not have the global reach of a canonized saint, but, at its best, writing is a deeply spiritual act that can have a profound effect upon the practitioner.
There are times when you must treat yourself like a child, with tenderness and belief and encouragement.
What keeps you from being fully alive is what you are most afraid to go through. - Lawrence McCafferty
If you don’t consider your life a pilgrimage, it gets downgraded to a trip or even an aimless journey. It is we who make that decision.
But it suddenly struck me that true enlightenment consists in being empty, not full, of answers, that people who are full of answers must drag them around all day like an overpacked suitcase, with no room for anything new.
The effort it takes to stretch either the mind or the body is so easy to avoid.
Isn’t it wonderful when a book touches you and stays with you long after you’ve read the last page?