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Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
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Aug 28, 2008

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Read in March, 2009

I love Anne Lamott.

That said, this was not my favorite, but in it I found enough gems and moments of pure clarity to continue to really appreciate her, her honesty, and her writing. "Dance Class" is probably my favorite essay of those included.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"I knew that no matter how absurd and ironic it was, acknowledging death and the finite was what gave you life and presence. You might as well make it good."

"All of us lurch and fall, sit in the dirt, are helped to our feet, keep moving, feel like idiots, lose our balance, gain it, help others get back on their feet, and keep going."

"Much of our life is spent doing the crazy mental arithmetic of how, at any given moment, we might improve, or at least disguise or present our defects and screw-ups in either more charming or more intimidating ways."

"Maybe this old, familiar anxiety helps me feel safe: maybe if I were ever to feel deep financial security and self-esteem, finally get it all just right, God would take me out with an air strike."

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