As brightness, into brightness


You can learn only from
moving forward at the rate
you are moved,
as brightness, into brightness

— Sarah Manguso, Two Kinds of Decay

Credits: Photograph – Brown Dress with White Dots. Quote – Mythology of Blue


  1. I keep hearing about Sarah Manguso and especially her book “Ongoingness: The end of a Diary” Sounds intriguing and something I would love to read. I really like the quote you have posted. It is very true. 🙂

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  2. I really like the “you can only move forward at the rate you are moved”. I need to read the book and thanks for the recommendation. While this may be a little out of context, this thought brings to mind how so many of us do not allow ourselves to be moved only in the direction we like or feel comfortable with. It is when things are out of our control that movement happens in directions we don’t always comprehend and that make us uncomfortable or even physically hurting. However, if we can find the way to allow these direction changes to be embraced, they will shape our lives in ways that only time will reveal. Staying positive during times of trouble, as hard as it is to do, will always yield something positive at the other end. – Powerful words in this post David. I will be thinking about this one all day.

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    • Thank you. I read your comment and you had me thinking. I subsequently came across three quotes later in the day that reinforced a number of your points. Thanks for sharing Bill.

      But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”
      ~ Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

      Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.”
      – Rebecca Solnit, from “Open Door,” A Field Guide to Getting Lost

      There are few things in life that are as challenging or as rewarding as moving from what disheartens us to what heartens us.”
      — Mark Nepo, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be

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  3. there is no other way –

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