“…see how the flesh grows back
across a wound, with a great vehemence,
than the simple, untested surface before.
There’s a name for it on horses,
when it comes back darker and raised; proud flesh,
as all flesh
is proud of its wounds, wears them
as honors given out after battle,
small triumphs pinned to the chest—“
~Jane Hirshfield, from For What Binds Us
I tend to get carried away with great quotes-they clutter my cubicle much like the mail conquers our dining room table. But having the messiest office is worth it. These tidbits of wisdom, thought up by some ordinary and extraordinary people, can be my fuel for a triumphant work day.
So here’s one more quote—a tasty bit of encouragement my forever friend sent me. It’s the last one. I promise!
“When a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born…this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.”