A Thought for a Sunday Evening

Since high school, I’ve collected quotes that speak to me in one way or another. In what will come as no big surprise to many of you, lots of them are from Anna Quindlen, or are her quoting some of her own favorite authors.

I’ve sprinkled some of these quotes throughout earlier posts, but now I’m taking a page from one of my favorite bloggers, Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project, and starting up a habit of posting a favorite quote each weekend.

First up isn’t so much a quote as it is a passage that struck me when I reread it this summer, for reasons that probably don’t need explanation:

It turned out that this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And he said—gently—that they believe 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—and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.

–Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies

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