Time is currency. And this week, mine was spent — in research and at work. With it went my energy, so rather than sitting at my desk for three-plus hours, badgering myself to write something worth reading, I present the following: a conglomeration of thoughts, quoted and original, that I’ve written down over the past three months. Enjoy.
“There’s never anything new about death, to be sure, except its improved publicity. . . . Getting old is the second-biggest surprise of my life, but the first, by a mile, is our unceasing need for deep attachment and intimate love.” ~ Roger Angell, “This Old Man“, The New Yorker
“Your art is a gift to people.” ~ Will Smith
“Like a muscle, creativity is a ‘use it or lose it’ capability.” ~ Barbara Diane Barry, “How Painting Helped Me Overcome Life’s Roadblocks“, Greatist.com
“You can’t make any sense of any fact without putting it into any sort of narrative structure.” ~ Tim Keller
“Is there any meaning for me in life that the inevitable death does not destroy?” ~ Tolstoy
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” ~ Jesus, Luke 21:33
“Ain’t nobody can write down in a book what you worth.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
Start a story in the middle of action, but not with the heart of the action. Let that come later.
“Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17
“God gives us scary stuff sometimes, but He doesn’t make us do it by ourselves.” The world is full of people who don’t know God and, thus, in the face of eternity, panic. “We should not look like that.” ~ Dr. Aaron Housholder, Taylor University chapel message
“Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping.” 1 Samuel 22:23
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
“God has not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel according to the power of God.” 2 Timothy 1:7&8
“If I don’t have jack, my eye still be on the sparrow.” ~ KB, “Be All Right”
“Pride always has shame and ruin at its heels.” ~ Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
If New York was London and chimney sweeps were still a thing, the sweeps would have turf battles on the rooftops with graffiti artists. (Ride the 7 train to Queens and look out the windows — you’ll understand.)
“We have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4
“If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10c
“The law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.” Galatians 3:24
A person in a library containing all the world’s books would never sit down and try to write his own.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
“If your salvation is by grace alone, it is kept by grace alone.” ~ Vincent Sawyer
Best thing I read this week (outside of the Bible): “In Deep: The dark and dangerous world of extreme cavers” by Burkhard Bilger. This, folks, is what I want to write.
Bringing you up-to-date:
This week sapped me of energy and kept me occupied.
Sunday: Easter. Church, lunch with the landlords. This precious moment.
Monday: Internship. Interviewed a Harvard professor, as well as a founder of one of Brooklyn’s community development organizations.
Wednesday: Internship. More research at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s library.
Thursday: Work. This:
(If you’re thinking, “What’s Parkour?” here’s an example.)