Monday, October 6, 2008

the real things of our life as they exist

I have been hearing a lot lately about how important it is for me to journal during this time. I'm not sure why exactly, but I'm doing my best (which mostly constitutes thinking about what I should journal). Since this has been on my mind I really enjoyed reading this quote on a blog I follow.

“Recording the details of our lives is a stance against bombs with their mass ability to kill, against too much speed and efficiency. A writer must say yes to life, to all of life: the water glasses, the Kemp’s half-and-half, the ketchup on the counter. It is not a writer’s task to say, ‘It is dumb to live in a small town or to eat in a cafe when you can eat macrobiotic at home.’ Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist - the real truth of who we are: several pounds overweight, the gray, cold street outside, the Christmas tinsel in the showcase, the Jewish writer in the orange booth across from her blond friend who has black children. We must become writers who accept things as they are, come to love the details, and step forward with a yes on our lips so there can be no more noes in the world, noes that invalidate life and stop these details from continuing.”
-Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

1 comment:

Rosie said...

You have been writing a lot of posts that I have been missing! Nice one with the you've Got Mail quote! :)