Rejoicing to Hear What You Already Know

“The soul rejoices in hearing what it already knows”. – Anne Lamott

Meditations in Motion

Have you ever read a passage in a book, a line in a blog post, a verse from a Holy Book, or even heard a sentence during a conversation that resonated with you on the deepest level?

I have had the experience. I sometimes come across a truth that makes me ring like a struck bell.

When it happens, outwardly, time stops; on the inside, my mind races, trying to assimilate the line I have just read or heard with what I know to be true. If the fit is good, I add these lines to my reservoir of certainties that guide me through life.

There are books I hold onto which, after I have read them, are dog-eared and highlighted, with notes scribbled in the margins, too defaced to be donatable. These are the keepers. I come back to these books time after time, seeking the veracity they contain in times of need.

Here are two such passages from my favorite author Annie Dillard:

“The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain.”  

and

“The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.”

What passages make your soul rejoice?

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Meditations in Motion

 

69 comments

  1. I had multiple amazing experiences while penning my novels, Laurie. There are lines I wrote that I can only attribute to inspiration from the Holy Spirit. I do believe God was telling me what my heart already knew, but my head had yet to grasp. It was in the writing that the picture gained clarity and meaning. If you’d like to learn more about my books (not just for kids, believe me!), you can visit me here: http://www.gladetrilogy.wix.com/theglade
    Blessings!

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  2. I have found several quotes from bloggers that really make me think. I think that is one of the more interesting aspects of blogging. Some are great and some get throw in the trash but they still make you think.

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    • Thank you, Dennis. She is such a talented writer. I especially love her non-fiction. I am surprised at the number of people who have never heard of her, but I think she no longer writes. I will check out the link.

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  3. What great quotes, Laurie! I love both of them. I’ll be honest, I’m kind of drained after a frustrating day, and I can’t think of any great quotes from books I’ve recently read. But, I will see if any come to mind after a good night’s sleep. 🙂

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    • Yes, so true! We have been reading to our grandson this week – once before naptime and once before bedtime each day. Children’s books are, as you say, bright, silly, and hopeful!

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  4. Wonderful passages! Nothing actually comes to mind right now. Although I love real books, I also totally embrace my Kindle. Some of the things I’ve read are almost all yellow (highlighting).

    Thanks for sharing those, Laurie! Hope you’re still having a wonderful vacation!

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    • I think I never completely figured out my Kindle, Judy. It was one of the first ones made and it still works, but I don’t know how to search or highlight. I like to load books on it to take on vacation, but otherwise, I like to read a physical book.

      Thank you! We are having a great visit with my grandson. He’s napping right now! 🙂

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  5. I think I have spent the past two decades “trying to be there.” Raising my family has made me so aware of the gift that this world is to us, and that everything we see and cherish is so temporary. I love the way you’ve woven thoughts from our two Anne friends into beautiful encouragement for the summer soul.

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    • Thank you, Michele. That is one of Annie Dillard’s main points – everything here on earth is so temporary, but we often live our lives as if it is permanent. We should focus on the eternal, not the temporal. I think “there” for you is often in your garden! 🙂

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  6. I am such a ‘marker’ of books… when certain lines speak to me, I gotta notate it. Its funny to look back & think, Why did that matter to me – just shows that different things matter in different times of your life

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  7. Good topic! I like the ones where I think, I’m not alone! Someone else believes this too and has made it more clear. Here’s one example for me: “Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
    – Albert Schweitzer

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  8. Sometimes I use books like journals. I underline, make notes, dog-ear pages. It’s a journal of my heart as I read the pages. And when I go back I get to see all the favorite places (of the book and my heart) again.

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  9. Lovely Quotes Laurie. I often see quotes that really call out to me, I used to write them down, but not so much now. I do tend to focus on relevant ones to the time as well. A lot of my favourite quotes come from Paulho Coehlo, but I did see one in a Sci-fi novel that I recently read and it certainly made me think… “People talk about the Endarkenment like our ancestors talked about the Black Death, as if it’s an act of God. But we summoned it, with every tank of oil we burned our way through. My generation were diners stuffing ourselves senseless at the Restaurant of the Earth’s Riches knowing—while denying—that we’d be doing a runner and leaving our grandchildren a tab that can never be paid.”
    #wotw

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    • I love Paulo Coehlo. Haven’t read any of his books in a while, then I found one at a Little Free Library out here in Colorado while visiting my son, so I took it. I am looking forward to reading it. I keep a GoogleDocs page of quotes I like. Love your quote! It’s so true – we are bringing it on ourselves and our grandchildren.

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    • I have a GoogleDocs page where I keep those quotes that I love. I can reflect on them each week when I need a topic for a post and see which one speaks to me.

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  10. I love quotes that stay with me. I can mull them over. Like brain toffee that you can chew on for the next few hours or more. It is the wonderful thing about blogging. I can gain insight into other people’s lives, thoughts and opinions. Life would be a poorer place without it. Same is true with books, of course. #wotw

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    • Oh, I love that phrase: like brain toffee! 🙂 I have learned so much from other bloggers, it’s true. I keep a GoodleDocs page with quotes I have come across that I like. That way I can go back and peruse any time I want.

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  11. You can’t know how much I am going to relish retirement for reading again – I have tubs of books downstairs of paperbacks from favorite authors of my mom and me – she was way ahead of me on reading. I mentioned before how in high school we had limited hours and no real important classes that would be termed “college prep” … but Annie Dillard rung a bell with me and I wondered what I read by her. Googled and right away found “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” and it came out in 1974, so likely read it right around that time for a literature class, not on my own (didn’t have time with school and working weekends to read on my own). Those are both great quotes you put out there in your post by Annie Dillard Laurie.

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    • Linda, you can’t imagine how much I am enjoying retirement. I wish the same for you! 🙂 I love all Annie Dillard books, but especially “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek”. I read it almost every time we go away, including this time. I just love her philosophy!

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      • I am really looking forward to retirement Laurie – for example, because we had good weather (up to this storm that arrived at 5:00 p.m., and the storm was not predicted for my area), I feel the need to cram everything into the two weekend days – this was never like this. In the past, we did not have this erratic weather, and outings could be done and I’d come home and have plenty of time to get things done inside/outside and still have time to myself. Now, I feel the need to spend as much time on walks, or out enjoying nature, as who knows what next weekend will be like? The weather has settled down somewhat from this storms or rain nearly every day and horrid heat. I am going to savor retirement.

        As to “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” I was trying to think what college class I read it for … it does not seem it was a literature class to be honest but can’t think of what else … it was not on my own. I did enjoy it and of course we would – about nature and it’s been awhile so I can’t remember her philosophy – maybe I need to read it again.

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      • I hope you get to retire before too long, Linda. I know what you mean about cramming everything into the weekend. That is the best thing about Bill and me both being retired. We can do what we like ANY day!

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      • That’s right Laurie – no more angst about whether it will rain or not and in the Winter I’ll walk later in the day when there is less likelihood of any icy patches so a more regular walking regimen when it gets sloppy out … are you back from Colorado? I am still behind in Reader due to the storms tonight and last night’s alarm debacle. And spent an hour at the Park this morning talking to the photographer for the gardens – had a nice time, then visiting with my neighbor – two hours right there – and like you said, my mind is always thinking “well I should be doing this or that” and not just enjoying the moment.

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      • We leave Colorado tomorrow morning, but after Colorado, we are going to visit another son in Oregon, so the adventure continues! 🙂

        Sounds like a great chat with the photographer, but I know what you mean about not enjoying the moment.

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      • I thought I remembered you said you had a western part of the U.S. adventure planned. Hopefully it is smoother than the last time you left Colorado and went through the snow-covered pass and it was a white-knuckle drive. Safe travels to you and Bill.

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      • I wish I would have seen this message earlier – I’ve been swamped at work. What Sabine does is use a fisheye lens app on her iPhone. She takes these amazing shots while out hiking showing all the tall trees – very inspiring looking. Hope you got some good shots Laurie.

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      • Hi Laurie – I like her blog as it has a little of everything and the nature photos are beautiful. So, while hiking in the tall trees, Sabine used the fisheye lens and it made you feel like you were in the forest surrounded by trees. She uses a DSLR but also uses her phone a lot for photos and I asked and she said it was a fisheye lens app. I’m sure you could ask her what type of app or I’ll ask her – I don’t have a smartphone, just a flip phone. I mentioned you were hiking in her favorite area. She also used that lens in these posts – I like how it spotlights what you’re taking the photo of.
        https://incahootswithmuddyboots.com/2019/06/17/zunday-zen-monday-monday/

        https://incahootswithmuddyboots.com/2019/06/27/california-road-trip-2019-hiking-howarth-park-again/

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  12. Beautiful quotes, checking to see if the library has some of hers for sure! What is your favorite that you have read of hers? I sure do love a good book!! One that makes you think and feel!

    Thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell!

    Blessings,

    Amy

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  13. One quote that has made me think lately is this: “Don’t let anyone ever tell you He [God] won’t give you more than you can handle. He will! This is how and when we develop our dependence on Him.” —The Heart That Heals: Healing Our Brokenness Through the Promises of God

    So many times we hear people say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” I disagree. I think He will. I know He does.

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragemetns!

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