Thursday, September 3, 2009

Beve's favorite quotes

After finishing the old gunmetal gray  file cabinet yesterday, I went through our oak two-drawer one, in preparation for moving our overflowing files into the metal one from my parents' house.  I've saved so much for my kids--I just hope they appreciate it.  My guess, however, is that someday they'll be recycling these artifacts exactly as I've been recycling my parents' (and grandparents--who knew my grandfather wrote so much--short stories as well as diaries and letters--hmm, wonder where I get it?  If he was alive today, he'd be a blogger extraordinaire!).  But I digress...as usual.

In Beve's personal file, I found a folder of quotes he collected years ago.  He used to have them on the bulletin board in his office at Sequim Middle School, but I hadn't seen them again until today.  And thought they were eloquent enough to share some with you:

"There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outline all our lives."
                                Josephine Hart

"You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."
                              H.L. Mencken

"The desperate need today is not for a great number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people."                 Richard Foster

"There are multitudes of people who seldom or never think.  Their life is like the thinnest of rafts, floating upon an ocean of infinite mystery; and they have to be asked to look over the edge.  They are very busy decking out their raft with everything which can make it feel like a permanent home...They never realize that they are on a raft and not a rock, until one day an illness or an accident or a war flicks them off into the ocean, where they have never learned to swim."                    A. H. McNeill

"Soul-talk: those unforgettable, sometimes life-changing (at the least life-stabilizing) conversations between God and myself, myself and others.  And looking back I have also come to realize that in those disruptive moments--as some like to say--a wake-up call alerted me that some aspect of my sub-waterline life was in a state of neglect...This is not the rule, please understand, only an observation.  But I cannot avoid noting that most of us--human beings that we are--are inclined to neglect the soul and all else beneath the waterline unless or until these disruptive moments come.  We don't like disruptive moments; they are too often associated with pain and inconvenience, failure and humiliation.  Not that they have to be, but that seems to be the human condition."                                                 Gordon MacDonald

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