“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau
This week had some high points (yay!) and some low points (well, there you go) and lucky for me the pluses outweighed the minuses. Since I work alone in the NH woods (with all due respect to my gifted Jack Russell, Andy), I often rely on the words and wisdom of other people who have persevered to help me plow through those low points — like working on a book chapter for a week only to realize it won’t work, at least not yet — without reaching for the Nutella jar. This week, I was reminded of Teddy Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic,” which he delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John Shedd
“We can’t direct the wind. We can adjust the sails.” — Seen on the door of a sailing club in Provincetown, MA
I always hope and even expect that summer will move at a slower pace, that I will be refueled and restored, able to face the fall season and my creative work with renewed energy. But alas, once again, time has flown, I’ve worked frantically, and I’m crawling into August exhausted (and way behind on blog posting), hoping I can salvage something of this summer before the hardy mums arrive.