Pruning is a tough job for me. I like an overflowing abundance of greenery and flowers.
Severe pruning has value, though, and is necessary occasionally.
She quotes a term, "Zerrissenheit," translated from German as "torn-to-pieces-hood." Does that describe any of your days, your life? She talks about life today (this was written in 1955)..."the feverish pursuit of centrifugul activities which only lead in the end to fragmentation...shattered into a thousand pieces. On the contrary, she must consciously encourage those pursuits which oppose the centrifugul forces of today. Quiet time alone, contemplation, prayer, music, a centering line of thought or reading, of study or work. It can be physical or intellectual or artistic, any creative life proceeding from oneself...Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day--like writing a poem or saying a prayer..."
"I must remember to see with island eyes."For her, the ocean helped her step back and see values, significance, signposts, and find balance for her life.
remember to see, really see, with [your] eyes.
|Trying not to be a basket case|
Miss Ueland's chapter, Art is Infection, quotes quite a bit from Tolstoy. How am I to condense Tolstoy and Ueland (and C.S. Lewis) into a short blog post?"Art is infection. The artist has a feeling and he expresses it and at once this feeling infects other people and they have it too," said Tolstoy. When Miss Ueland taught her writing classes, she told her students, "...if you want to write, for example, about a man who is suffering from boredom, just quietly describe what your own feelings are when you have been bored. Don't say the boredom was 'agonizing, excruciating,' unless your own boredom was, which is doubtful."
|Don't you want to melt when you look at these eyes?|
|Or laugh when you look at these?|
C.S. Lewis calls his chapter, Good Infection. He says, "Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prizes which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry. Once a man is united with God, how could he not live forever? Once a man is separated from God, what can he do but wither and die?"
" He [Jesus] came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has--by what I call 'good infection.'"
This is getting long, but one more thing. Michael Hyatt, an author, and the Chairman of Thomas Nelson, a Christian publishing company, has a website available to bloggers using social media. Bloggers read the new books and write a review to post on their personal blogs, twitter or facebook. As they looked for an appropriate, catchy title, the publishers came up with this phrase,"Great Books are Contagious."
As First Prize
in Spelling Class 'A'
By [her teacher]
June 1st, 1909"