On the last Wednesday of every month, I serve up a potpourri of tidbits I've come across in recent weeks. Here's what I've unearthed this month. See you in February!
Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings of the day may contain a clandestine message addressed to you personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings, and teaches who unknowingly speak to your condition.
-- Sam Keen
If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth, we must still march on.
-- Stopford Augustus Brooke
You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive.
-- James Baldwin
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
-- Mother Teresa
The truth is at the bottom of a well. You look in a well, and you see the sun or the moon, but if you jump in, there's no longer the sun or the moon; there's the truth.
-- Leonardo Sciascia
I nod to a passing stranger, and the stranger nods back, and two human beings go off, feeling a little less anonymous.
-- Robert Brault
Don't do nothing because you can't do everything. Do something. Anything.
-- Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
The path of progress has never taken a straight line, but has always been a zigzag course amid the conflicting forces of right and wrong, truth and error, justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy.
-- Kelly Miller
No amount of fine feeling can take the place of faithful doing.
-- William Barclay
The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.
-- William Sloane Coffin
Written from the heart,
from the heart of the woods
Read the introduction to HeartWood here.
Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, a former journalist, writes memoir and personal essays, makes collages and likes to play outside. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Ray.