To begin writing from our pain eventually engenders compassion for our small and groping lives. Out of this broken state there comes a tenderness for the cement below our feet, the dried grass cracking in a terrible wind. We can touch the things around us we once thought ugly and see their special detail, the peeling paint and gray of shadows as they are—simply what they are: not bad, just part of the life around us—and love this life because it is ours and in the moment there is nothing better.
—Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
I love that.
With my overindulgence in Twitter lately, I’ve been consuming too much snark and cleverness. It wears me down, all the attention-seeking by myself and others. There are true connections, and a lot of entertainment and wisdom, but such a cacophony. I get lost in the din. And the quiet. It’s a crowded and lonely place.