26 April 2013

The meaning of life

«It had been a long journey and in many chapters of his life he doubted if he would ever reach a happy ending.»
                                                               By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6 

«I suppose I should wish you success, but that is too easy. I would like to wish you something that is harder to come by. So I am going to wish you meaning in life. And meaning is not something you stumble across like the answer to a riddle or prize in a treasure hunt.
Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you; out of your own talent and understanding, out of things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something, the ingredients are there.
You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account. »
                                                                                            Robert Garner 


23 April 2013

The Inexplicable Bond

«He felt in awe with her presence and her eyes spoke to him in the inexplicable language of those sharing the indestructible bond of embracing each other, exactly as they were, without any reservations.» 
                                                   By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6

«For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.»
                                                                                                 Rainer Maria Rilke 

21 April 2013

«I am not done with my changes»

«He was not the man he was before, but he would not be the man he was now if he were to deny or ignore his past. Ultimately, each of those moments were like the pages of his old favourite book. If one of its pages was ripped apart, its soul would be mortally wounded and its essence would not be complete anymore. »
                                                               By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6 

The Layers

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face,
Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
“Live in the layers,
not on the litter.”
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.  

Stanley Kunitz 

17 April 2013

«The Arrow of Time»

«He recognized that he was a receptacle for the flow of experiences and feelings collected along his way through life and that all of them converged together to shape the person he was now.» 
                                                    By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6

«I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.»
                                                                       Elisabeth Kübler-Ross 


15 April 2013

Right on time

«While some of those feelings carried with them painful memories and sad moments, others, took him by the hand and walked with him through happy and sunny days.» 
                                                   By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6 
«Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think you've lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.» 
                                                                                                 Asha Tyson 


12 April 2013

Significant feelings

«He closed the book and stood there in silence, just realizing that all the significant feelings, he had experienced throughout his life, were still alive, though, carefully stored in a safe and recondite place somewhere inside his heart.» 
                                                    By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6

«I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untraveled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.»

                                                                                      Alfred Tennyson 

10 April 2013

«Heart's memory»

«As he turned the pages, he slowly unveiled the trails he left behind a long time ago. Each note on the side of a page, each underlined paragraph were once the answers to his most profound questions or an accurate verbalization of his deepest feelings.» 
                                                    By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6

«He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.» 
                                                                            Gabriel García Márquez 

8 April 2013

Distant memories

«The first contact of his hands with its worn out cover instantly brought back distant memories of significant parts of his life.»
                                                    By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6

“Life is but a day:
A fragile dewdrop on its perilious way
From a tree's summit” 

                                                                                                              John Keats 

4 April 2013

Ordinary things

«On those occasions, one’s attention tends to cling to the most inconspicuous details, which due to that unplanned and sudden approach, are likely to be analyzed through a total new perspective. That is why, sometimes, in life, the most unsuspicious gestures might lead us to the great revelations, which are often concealed behind the illusory simplicity of the ordinary things.»
                                                   By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6 

«The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.»
                                                                                                             Mark Twain 

1 April 2013

«The time that is given us»

«He got up from the sofa and moved toward the bookshelf with the curious eyes and the leisurely attitude of someone, who was unexpectedly confronted with an undesirable surplus of time, and did not know what to do with it.»
                                                               By Raquel R. in Short Story number 6 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

                                                                                             J.R.R. Tolkien


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