i want to ask the happiest person in the world whether it was worth it, all the sacrifices he made in order to become so happy. … faq.
“closeness,” he said,
surveying the congregation.
“it’s easy to be close,
but almost impossible to stay close.
think about friends.
think about hobbies.
they’re close to us—
sometimes so close we think they are part of us
at some point,
they aren’t close anymore.
they go away.
// only one thing can keep something close over time:
holding it there.
grappling with it.
wrestling it to the ground (as jacob did with the angel,)
and refusing to let go.
what we don’t wrestle
we let go of……
love isn’t the absence of struggle.
love is struggle.
:: jonathan safran foer
here i am
island where all becomes clear.
solid ground beneath your feet.
the only roads are those that offer access.
bushes bend beneath the weight of proofs.
the tree of valid supposition grows here
with branches disentangled since time immemorial.
the tree of understanding, dazzlingly straight and simple,
sprouts by the spring called now i get it.
the thicker the woods, the vaster the vista:
the valley of obviously.
if any doubts arise, the wind dispels them instantly.
echoes stir unsummoned
and eagerly explain all the secrets of the worlds. … utopia
if you were wise enough to know
that this life would consist mostly
of letting go of things you wanted,
then why not get good
at the letting go,
the trying to have?
:: miranda july