We get robbed of the glory of life because we aren’t capable of remembering how we got here. When you are born, you wake slowly to everything. Your brain doesn’t stop growing until you turn twenty-six, so from birth to twenty-six, God is slowly turning the lights on, and you’re groggy and pointing at things saying circle and blue and car and then sex and job and health care. The experience is so slow you could easily come to believe life isn’t that big of a deal, that life isn’t staggering. What I’m saying is I think life is staggering and we’re just used to it.
in “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life”
This also happens to be, for the record, the first book I’m reading on my Kindle, which was a Christmas surprise from my mom that I’m loving. One of my favorite features is the way you can “highlight” passages, which are then saved in a document that can be transferred to the computer. Seriously, what better way to keep a list of quotes? It even notes the book, author, location and time of the quote. Similarly, you can type notes about what you’re reading.
Really, just cutting and pasting a quote to share with you. Because it’s that easy, here is another one …
The most often repeated commandment in the Bible is “Do not fear.” It’s in there over two hundred times. That means a couple of things, if you think about it. It means we are going to be afraid, and it means we shouldn’t let fear boss us around. Before I realized we were supposed to fight fear, I thought of fear as a subtle suggestion in our subconscious designed to keep us safe, or more important, keep us from getting humiliated. And I guess it serves that purpose. But fear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.