It's not often that I borrow a book, read it, and then want to buy it and read it again in another month. This is one of those.
While finishing Anne Lindbergh's book today, I was struck once again with how applicable her words are to my own overwhelmed life. . . I dug in my bag for a pen and the only paper I could find, an envelope, and scribbled.
Here's what stood out to me:
The interrelatedness of the world links us constantly with more people than our hearts can hold. . .
. . .My life cannot implement in action the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds.
. . .Because we cannot deal with the complexity of the present we often override it and live in a simplified dream of the future. Because we cannot solve our own problems right here at home, we talk about problems out there in the world. . .
. . .Can one make the future a substitute for the present? And what guarantee have we that the future will be any better if we neglect the present? Can one solve world problems when one is unable to solve one's own?
. . .Have we been successful, working at the periphery of the circle and not at the center?
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Gift from the Sea, page 116, 117