A friend forwards an article. Wendell Berry in the news. Had the honor of presenting the prestigious Jefferson Lecture. The highest honor awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I read on and become immersed with his words and wisdom. Click here to read his lecture.
His words tempt me to dig deeper within the fields of my imagination, yearnings, understanding of what matters most. I share with you the following quotes from Mr. Berry:
“What I stand for is what I stand on.”
“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”
“It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
I think after that, there is no need to say more for now. Perhaps it is time rather to work the fallow fields of my mind. And from there, see what I have sown.
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I have read several of his books over the years and found them to be so important to my life, my views, and how I view the world around me. If you haven’t read him, I suggest you find one and enjoy and think and process. I may not agree with all he says, but what he says makes me think.
I have enjoyed reading his works, and he has been a great inspiration for me, you, and so many. Yes, he is of strong opinion, and we need not agree with all, but clean, clear words to learn by, if not live by.
Gin, thank you for sharing. Mr. Berry’s thoughts are profound. Ideas to contemplate.
I feel that way sometimes – still trying to find out what my journey really is. It takes time. I have a suspicion that discovering purpose is a bit like dating – try too hard and one will be rewarded with nothing or a mistake.
And there is mystery. I gave up a dream and travelled a couple of thousand miles for a fresh start. You tried to leave a dream and were drawn back refreshed. Why? For what? I hope that our respective answers will become clear. Or at least the first steps along the trail of answers.