I am reading Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. There is so much good stuff in this book. My copy is from the library, and I can't highlight or underline so I am jotting down quotes here. I love books about people....real people. Glennon is one of those. We are very different people but also very much the same. There are a lot of things that we would disagree on, but she makes me think...a whole heck of lot.
"I'd found my thing: Openness. I decided, based on my firsthand experience, that it was more fun to say things that made other women feel hopeful about themselves and God than it was to say or omit things to make people feel jealous of me. And it was easier too. Less to keep track of and monitor."
"I don't want to take anything to the grave. I want to die used up and emptied out. I don't want to carry around anything that I don't have to. I want to travel light."
"I learned that I was worthy and capable of being another human being's constant."
On the God-shaped hole in all of us:
"You see, the hole had gotten bigger and bigger until God fit right in. He just stepped right in.
When you are all hole, God fits."
"If, anywhere in your soul, you feel the desire to write, please write. Write as a gift to yourself and others. Everyone has a story to tell. Writing is not about creating tidy paragraphs that sound lovely or choosing the 'right' words. It's just about noticing who you are and noticing life and sharing what you notice, When you write you truth, it is a love offering to the world because it helps us feel braver and less alone. And if you're a really, really bad writer then it might be most important for you to write because your writing might free other really, really bad writers to have a go at it anyway....If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse to worry about whether you're good enough. Be generous. Offer a gift to the world that no one else can offer: yourself."
"That's the thing about becoming a family: You gotta melt. Yu have to keep melting into eachother until you become something entirely new. The only constant family rule is that everyone has to keep showing up."
"I'm not big on advice. Mainly because most days I learn what an idiot I was yesterday. This is hopeful, because it means I'm moving in the right direction. But it also makes it risky to offer wisdom today."
"Hmm. I wonder how many of my beautiful experiences are not really how I write them in my head?Whatever. don't want to know. I try never to allow other people's lack of participation to get in the way of shared moments."
"When I want to turn away or run away, which is all the time, I remember what Adrianne told me the night I bought my new bicycle. When you feel like you're falling, she said, steer into the fall. Lean into it instead of away, and you'll be alright."