The sound of distant thunder at a picnic

Generally, McEwan, once a prince of darkness and artist of the danse macabre, is sanguine, optimistic and robust in his faithlessness, a convinced atheist. Lately, however, life and art have begun to elide. Mortality has reverberated through his life, as Auden says, like “the sound of distant thunder at a picnic”. He concedes that now he finds “death does press in on the writing, and it does become the subject, even if it’s not foregrounded”.

~ Robert McCrum, Ian McEwan: ‘I’m only 66 – my notebook is still full of ideas’

Getting a push

I’ve heard it said that we never need to do anything that we won’t be given the power and strength to do. That’s true. But sometimes to get past our fear and nervousness, we need a little push.

Gratitude Focus: We can be grateful for all the pushes life gives us to change.

~ Melody Beattie

Why must people kneel down to pray?

Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.

— L.M. Montgomery

(via thesensualstarfish)