Life: Do What You Can With What You Have Where You Are

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The following excerpt from Cold Tangerines, by Shauna Niequist, makes me happy, and I hope you like it too. Have a great day.

“I know that life is busy and hard, and that there’s a crushing pressure to just settle down and get a real job and khaki pants and a haircut. But don’t. Please don’t. Please keep believing that life can be better, brighter, broader, because of the art that you make. Please keep demonstrating the courage that it takes to swim upstream in a world that prefers putting away for retirement to putting pen to paper, that chooses practicality over poetry, that values you more for going to the gym than going to the deepest places in your soul. Please keep making art for people like me, people who need the magic and imagination and honesty of great art to make the day-to-day world a little more bearable. And if, for whatever reason, you’ve stopped– stopped believing in your voice, stopped fighting to find the time–start today. ~ Shauna Niequist, from Cold Tangerines: A collection of stories.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laci
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 11:44:09

    I love this quote. It helps bring back the simplicity in life.

    Reply

  2. Justin
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 12:46:36

    Thanks so much for this! I needed it today! :)

    Reply

  3. Liz
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 12:14:24

    Hi Justin and Laci,
    Glad you liked this post!
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!

    Reply

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