A quote from Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

I dwell in Possibility – .  .  .

For Occupation – This –

The spreading wide my narrow Hands

To gather Paradise –

And now another two quotes:

“If you’re not starving for food, if you’re not worried that someone’s going to take you captive or steal your possessions, and if you have time to read a book and resources to buy one, you are one of the most fortunate people in human history. p 153

The important task, as Emily Dickinson emphasizes at the beginning of her poem, is to dwell in possibility—dwell in it. Today, you have another chance. Be relentless in your pursuit of whatever is possible. Advance the potential of the future in every way you can. Don’t be seduced into continually revisiting the past, saying, “If only . . . “ Don’t be seduced into wistfully imagining the future, saying, “I wish . . . “ Instead, dwell in possibility. Ask yourself what you can do now to advance the potential of the future. p 171

Both quotes from Galen Guengerich, The Way of Gratitude: A New Spirituality for Today, Random House, 2020.


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