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Check Boxes & Wild Goose Chases

“Therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t. No one does. You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren’t real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I’m following, and I’m not walking in anyone else’s footsteps. I’m making it up as I go.”

[Career advice from Charlie Hoehn, via SwissMiss]

What Will You Destroy?

“In the end, our society will be defined no only by what we create
but by what we refuse to destroy.”

[John C. Sawhill]

Came across this phenomenal quote over on Stephen Brewsters blog (which you should read, by the way). It’s got me thinking deeply about the things we need to fight and kick at until they are destroyed, both collectively and individually. It’s deeply challenging me.

Arranging Memory & Invention

“The very act of storytelling, of arranging memory and invention according to the structure of the narrative, is by definition holy… We tell stories because we can’t help it. We tell stories because we love to entertain and hope to edify. We tell stories because they fill the silence death imposes. We tell stories because they save us.”

[James Carroll]

Curiosity

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

[Walt Disney]

Denying The Resurrection

Without equivocation or hesitation I fully and completely admit that I deny the resurrection of Christ. This is something that anyone who knows me could tell you, and I am not afraid to say it publicly, no matter what some people may think…

I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed, each day that I turn my back on the poor; I deny the resurrection of Christ when I close my ears to the cries of the downtrodden and lend my support to an unjust and corrupt system.

However there are moments when I affirm that resurrection, few and far between as they are. I affirm it when I stand up for those who are forced to live on their knees, when I speak for those who have had their tongues torn out, when I cry for those who have no more tears left to shed.

[Pete Rollins]

HT: Holly

Deeper Questions

“In those days, I think I was looking for solutions to certain questions – now I’m looking for questions that become deeper the more you investigate them. I’m looking for places that will shake me up and force me to question things that I take for granted. I want more and more to be unsettled by places.”

[Pico Iyer]

Itchy Feet

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.”

[Robert Louis Stevenson]

“There are deeper reasons to travel – itches and tickles on the underbelly of the unconscious mind. We go where we need to go, and then try to figure out what we’re doing there.”

[Jeff Greenwald]

Posters Live Where Things Happen

Posters live where things happen. So much culture comes to us through a screen – whether it’s movies, the internet, or video games. But posters live in theaters and clubs and political rallies, places where real people meet other real people. And I believe our need to do so is even stronger now that we’re in such a virtual world.

[Luba Lukova]

“remember tomorrow is not guaranteed. trust your heart. what is it that you’re not doing that you must?”

[flowerdust]

Wow.

Advent :: Goosebumps & Justice

Slightly late I know, but advent has begun! Welcome to the season of festivities…

If you’re looking for an alternative to the credit crunch and the busy yuletide shopping season, how about signing up to Christian Aid’s Advent-inspired email? The handy hints, which will be emailed daily from the 1st December until Christmas Eve, are designed to help you save cash, cut carbon emissions and have some Yuletide fun. You can sign up for them here.

I came across this stunning piece of liturgy a couple days ago on Stewart’s blog, written by Roddy Hamilton

let us go out
with quiet boldness,
tender daring,
simmering anger,
impatient justice.

let us go out with provocative peacemaking
into advent,
enough to crack open the moribund and dry faith of the world
in it’s spent and necrotic cravings.

let us go out with a message
that disturbs the world with restless whispers
about god and incarnation,
goosebumps and justice.

let us go out
and muffle our laughter
behind an unnerving truth
heaven-shaped
sharp-edged
waiting to crack it all open
and let the glory through
with a living word:
jesus

Beautiful… may we come to know the God of goosebumps and justice more this Advent season…


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"Ultimately, movement is only as valuable as your commitment to stillness, and vice versa."

Pico Iyer

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