Tuesday, November 13, 2012

True Words Tuesday: Anne Lamott

This is one of my favorite quotes
from Anne Lamott's memoir Traveling Mercies

Who hasn't been in this place?

The death of someone you love,
the demise of a significant relationship,
the loss of something by which you defined yourself.

Any of these can transport you to a dire place.

The hard thing to remember is that,
while we can’t control the things that happen to us,
we can choose how to respond.

Suffering is optional, not inevitable.
I wish it hadn't taken me so long to get the truth of this.
Glad I finally did. 

Even if I have to occasionally pull my finger out of the socket.


sperlygirl said...

am copying this down and tucking it away, so true meri, so very true

foxysue said...

So beautiful this image, the words are apt! x

Cynthia Eloise Starr said...

so true, good words to remember.

Pearl said...

Wise woman!


Nimue said...

Suffering is optional.

what a precious lesson.
Like the wisdom in this post :)