November 16, 2010

who you are.

"We are all Pinocchio: we begin our life, waving to our mother and father with our schoolbooks in hand, hoping to do well. But we are turned this way and that. We make mistakes, we move from our course, we falter, flounder, and may suffer remorse, rebellion, or a sense of defeat. We seem to lose our way. But no matter! If we keep our little flame alive, our first feeling of enthusiasm of who we are, without the influence or intervention of others, we will prevail. and like Pinocchio, despite all his transgressions, find the courage to reunite with our little flame and be rewarded. And the reward is this: we become ourselves.

The cricket tells Pinocchio, 'always let your conscience be your guide.' These words, by a small, insignificant insect, give us all we need. The best person to tell you who you are, what you should be, is ultimately yourself."

- Patti Smith, "Keeping the Flame"

(Photo: my flickr)

10 comments:

Ana* said... [Reply to comment]

This is so true!!
How ironic is it that our mistakes, rebellion, remorse, and sense of defeat help us create ourselves?

Renata said... [Reply to comment]

I get such constant renewal from your lit. quotes :)

Novelista Barista said... [Reply to comment]

this is great
thanks :)

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said... [Reply to comment]

I love this... what a good reminder! :)

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you found it useful... those restaurants near Trademark are amazing, and the street is beautiful :)

s a m said... [Reply to comment]

soulmate, you know I ripped this out of Oprah and have it in my inspiration folder.

it reminds me of the title of that David Foster Wallace book 'but of course you end up becoming yourself'

wilybrunette said... [Reply to comment]

such a lovely, gorgeous reminder. thank you.

my name is lauren. said... [Reply to comment]

1. that photo is lovely.

2. i love this. it's so true. i think we tend to lose sight of who we really are often and allow others to guide our paths for us. always good to stay true to yourself :).

hope you have a lovely day my dear!

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE the photo!
And thank you for posting this...it really speaks to what I'm feeling lately!

Oh, My Darling said... [Reply to comment]

What a gorgeously inspiring thought!