In “Hannah Coulter” (which is still on my to-read list), Wendell Berry offers a pearl of wisdom about gratitude: “You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: ‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.’ I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.” Whenever I start to feel unsettled about life or doubt myself as a writer or a friend, I must keep returning to these simple truths. Gratitude and contentment, I’ve learned, are inextricably linked.You cannot have one without the other.
20 May This entry was published on May 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm and is filed under Faith.