September 7, 2011

present and in awe.

"This is our goal as writers, I think; to help others have this sense of--please forgive me--wonder, of seeing things anew, things that can catch us off guard, that break in on our small, bordered worlds. When this happens, everything feels more spacious. Try walking around with a child who's going, "Wow, wow! Look at that dirty dog! Look at that burned-down house! Look at that red sky!" And the child points and you look, and you see, and you start going, "Wow! Look at that huge crazy hedge! Look at that teeny little baby! Look at the scary dark cloud!" I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world--present and in awe."
- the lovely Anne Lamott

(Photo: Chris Deve)

5 comments:

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

Eli calls the consant exclimations I make "just been born syndrome". I have a bad case. Anne Lammott does too I guess.

Ariel said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, I love this so, so much!

Yunne Osman said... [Reply to comment]

yes it's true. the world is more exciting and mysterious when you see it from the eyes of a child.

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@s a m Haha I love that! Well played, Eli, well played.

HPW said... [Reply to comment]

Present and in awe... I love that.