I had a friend who told me that he never wanted to have a child, because then he wouldn’t get to be the child. I understand that choice, but for me the situation was very different: I had been given so much, I wanted a family I could give to, only to find they gave me far more than I could ever give them.
Love travels; it goes where you go, for as long as you are still going, laying down beside you every night when at last you sleep.
People, on the other hand, have conflicts, commitments, and limitations, but that should never be interpreted to mean that they do not love; love is the one limitless thing there is, and its perceived limits are merely those of our imagination.
We delineate the phases of our lives by various rites of passage; however, the baby, the child, the adolescent — they are all still in there. We do not so much change our voice as become a choir of voices, and it is only by the cleverness of our arrangements that we miss how often it is really a younger version of us whose voice we are actually hearing.
When viewed from a great distance, it can be easy to miss life, itself; this, however, is a mistake, as it’s only life that gives the view whatever order or meaning you find there.
What I’ve learned from years of flying is that new perspectives reveal new beauties, and that a little distance can make sense out of things that puzzle us close up.
He had defined himself by what he did for years, so when he retired, he had all the time in the world, but felt like he had no self to spend it with.
The last self he remembered was the college version of himself, but trying that version on again just made him look ridiculous.
Silence is not a passive thing; it is, or can be, the very active pursuit of listening, of integrating completely with one’s surroundings. As such, it takes a tremendous amount of effort.
Beauty is always about balance and harmony: of similarity and difference, of symmetry and uniqueness. We instinctively respond to beauty, almost from birth, for in it is a type of key — to happiness, to morality, and to everything that lies beyond.