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Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
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“Joy is the best makeup.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“Jealousy always has been my cross, the weakness and woundedness in me that has most often caused me to feel ugly and unlovable, like the Bad Seed. I’ve had many years of recovery and therapy, years filled with intimate and devoted friendships, yet I still struggle. I know that when someone gets a big slice of pie, it doesn’t mean there’s less for me. In fact, I know that there isn’t even a pie, that there’s plenty to go around, enough food and love and air.

But I don’t believe it for a second.

I secretly believe there’s a pie. I will go to my grave brandishing my fork.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“I liked those ladies! They were helpers, and they danced.' These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“Sometimes grace works like water wings when you feel you are sinking.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kind of things. Also, that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace's arrival. But no, it's clog and slog and scootch, on the floor, in the silence, in the dark.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
tags: grace
“Sometimes grace is a ribbon of mountain air that gets in through the cracks.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“Jealousy has always been my cross, the weakness and woundedness in me that has most often caused me to feel ugly and unlovable, like the Bad Seed.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“I remember staring at my son endlessly when he was an infant, stunned by his very existence, wondering where on earth he had come from.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“God sent Jesus to join the human experience, which means to make a lot of mistakes. Jesus didn't arrive here knowing how to walk. He had fingers and toes, confusion, sexual feelings, crazy human internal processes. He had the same prejudices as the rest of his tribe: he had to learn that the Canaanite woman was a person. He had to suffer the hardships and tedium and setbacks of being a regular person. If he hadn't the incarnation would mean nothing.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“It is hard to remember that you are a cherished spiritual being when you're burping up apple fritters and Cheetos.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“I realized I was going to get through this disappointing service, and anyway, you have to be somewhere: better here, where I have heard truth spoken so often, than, say, at the DMV, or home alone, orbiting my own mind. And it's good to be out where others can see you, so you can't be your ghastly spoiled self. It forces you to act slightly more elegantly, and this improves your thoughts, and thereby the world.”
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“I do know the sorrow of being ordinary, and that 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.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“...It really IS easier to experience spiritual connection when your life is in the process of coming apart.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“Nell's husband has short-man syndrome. Eddie is one of those deadly dull people who is so upbeat that I suspect he would subconsciously like to go through the neighborhood, house by house, with a machine gun. He seems oblivious to the effect that his long, rambling monologues have on people - he doesn't notice the blank faces, the fingers flexing like those of people buried alive, the ocular tics. You could write down his words verbatim, show them to him, and he'd probably say, 'I know someone just like that!' Then he'd tell you about that person until your teeth hurt. His hostage-taking is passive-aggressive.”
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“Intelligence, goodness, humanity, excitement, serenity. Over time, these are the things that change the musculature of your face, as do laughter, and animation, and especially whatever peace you can broker with the person inside.
It's furrow, pinch, and judgement that make us look older - our mothers were right. They said that if you made certain faces, they would stick, and they do. But our mothers forgot that faces of kindness and integrity stick as well.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“And that almost everyone was struggling to wake up, to be loved, and not feel so afraid all the time. That's what the cars, degrees, booze, and drugs were about.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“It's incredibly touching when someone who seems so hopeless finds a few inches of light to stand in and makes everything work as well as possible. 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.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“Lies cannot nourish or protect you. Only freedom from fear, freedom from lies, can make us beautiful, and keep us safe.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“God can't clean the house of you when you're still in it.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
tags: god, grace
“When I was a child, I thought grown-ups and teachers knew the truth, because they told me they did. It took years for me to discover that the first step in finding out the truth is to begin unlearning almost everything adults had taught me, and to start doing all the things they'd told me NOT to do. Their main pitch was that achievement equaled happiness, when all you had to do was study rock stars, or movie stars, or them, to see that they were mostly miserable. They were all running around in mazes like everyone else.”
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“...I learned that God was an equal opportunity employer—that it was possible to experience the divine anywhere you were, anywhere you could see the sun and moon rise or set, or burn through the fog.”
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tags: divine, god
“Usually with life, you start wherever you are, and you flail around for a while--”
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“When I was young, I used to be so jealous of other girls that it crippled me.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“My theory is that, as with our children, as with every surface of that geodesic dome inside the 8-Ball, every age we've ever been is who we are.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
tags: aging
“Being human can be so dispiriting. It is a real stretch for me a lot of the time.”
Anne Lamott, Grace [Eventually]: Thoughts on Faith
“[Jesus is] saying that we could be aware of, filled with, and saved by the presence of holy beauty, rather than worship golden calves.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
“his cell phone—the adolescent’s pacemaker.”
Anne Lamott, Grace [Eventually]: Thoughts on Faith
“See how the fearful chandelier Trembles above you Each time you open your mouth To sing. Sing. —DONALD JUSTICE”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

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