I believe that whatever we need is at hand…

canoeing down river in fog

“He wanted to drift on the river not so much to see where it went as to be one with it, to go with it as virtually a part of it. He wished perhaps to live out a kind of parable. One cannot drift by intention – or at least, in intending to drift and in drifting, one must accept a severe limitation upon one’s intentions. But in giving oneself to the currents, in thus subordinating one’s intentions, one becomes eligible for unintended goods, unwished – for gifts – and often these goods and gifts surpass those that one has intended or wished for. And so a drifter subscribes necessarily to a kind of faith that is identical both to the absolute trust of migrating birds and to the scripture that bids us to lose our lives in order to find them. Harlan stated it in 1932 with characteristic simplicity:

‘I believe that whatever we need is at hand.’”

~ Wendell Berry


Quote Source: dhammanovice.  Wendell Berry from “Harlan Hubbard – Life and Work” via the beauty we love: He wanted to drift

Comments

  1. It really is all here, isn’t it? I think we get seduced by images of more, the selling of our truest selves in exchange for more….what, really?

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  2. Reblogged this on messandnoise.

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  3. One of my poet friends when she introduced me with Wendell Berry I loved his thoughts and poetical spirit… He is great. Thank you for this beautiful and meaningful post… Love, nia

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  4. Can you tell me who the photographer is for this photo?

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