Life Itself is Grace


I am in a constant state of learning.  How, you ask?  It is through books that I learn so much.  I have had a love affair with books since I could first read.  I love books almost as much as breathing.  It has become worse over the years and these days I have a serious case of ADD with my books.  I am reading about five at any given time.  This makes my husband jump for joy because he loves when I have my reading light on in bed every night.  Well, not really.  In fact, he gives me a new quote every night about why the light should be off.  I so wish I had written them down over the years because that in itself would be a great book!

But as usual, I digress.  I did have a point with all this.  My point was that last night reading Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive (so excited to have the opportunity to meet her next month!) I came across this gem of a quote by Frederick Buechner: ” If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.  In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

Sigh… Isn’t that just the crux of it right there?  I believe it is and I believe it struck me so, kinda right between my eyeballs, because that is what I am trying to accomplish in some way with this blog.  To get to the core idea that Life is Grace.  Life in itself is a miracle and a mystery and something that we need to hold on tight to with both hands, a mind wide open to possibility and with all our senses on full alert for all the lusciousness that is before us…available to us if only we were to look.  I hope that you find yourself one day in that space of grace.  I hope I can help you on your journey to reach that place.  Because really, most of us are on autopilot going from place to place not even remembering how we got there, let alone seeing the beauty and magic that we passed along the way.  Try it.  Try to live your life that open for one day and see what happens.

I thank Mr. Buechner for his words and to Arianna for hers, which lead to mine.  I love it when a good quote confirms the feelings I feel but could not yet put into words.  It gives me a sense that someone else out there gets it; that I am not alone in my head with my thoughts (scary!).  And now, when I read something amazing, my first thought is that I can’t wait another minute to share it here, which confirms to me that I am on the right track.

“Show up, tune in, be real, enjoy the ride”

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