I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.— Anne Lamott
The most heartwarming Anne Lamott quotes that will activate your desire to change
Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.
Some people have a thick skin and you don’t.
Your heart is really open and that is going to cause pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world. The cost is high, but the blessing of being compassionate is beyond your wildest dreams.
Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity.
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.
Nothing heals us like letting people know our scariest parts: When people listen to you cry and lament, and look at you with love, it's like they are holding the baby of you.
Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.
Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save;
they just stand there shining.
Whatever you use to keep the pain at bay robs you of the fleck and nuggets of gold that feeling grief will give you.
I thought the secret of life was obvious: be here now, love as if your whole life depended on it, find your life's work, and try to get hold of a giant panda.
Human lives are hard, even those of health and privilege, and don't make much sense. This is the message of the Book of Job: Any snappy explanation of suffering you come up with will be horseshit.
You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves in your heart--your stories, visions, memories, songs: your truth, your version of things, in your voice. That is really all you have to offer us, and it's why you were born.
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes... including you.
You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town
Again and again I tell God I need help, and God says, 'Well, isn't that fabulous? Because I need help too. So you go get that old woman over there some water, and I'll figure out what we're going to do about your stuff.
The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes... Including you.
A good marriage is where both people feel like they're getting the better end of the deal.
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.. You need to start somewhere.
We can't understand when we're pregnant, or when our siblings are expecting, how profound it is to have a shared history with a younger generation: blood, genes, humor. It means we were actually here, on Earth, for a time - like the Egyptians with their pyramids, only with children.
It turned out this man worked for the Dalai Lama.
And she said gently-that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.
In fact, not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.
I don't remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don't even know exist until you love a child.
We must not inflict life on children who will be resented;
we must not inflict unwanted children on society.
If you don't die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert.
You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young.
You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.
I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path.
We're here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don't have time to carry grudges; you don't have time to cling to the need to be right.
But grace can be the experience of a second wind, when even though what you want is clarity and resolution, what you get is stamina and poignancy and the strength to hang on.
A nun I know once told me she kept begging God to take her character defects away from her. After years of this prayer, God finally got back to her: I'm not going to take anything away from you, you have to give it to Me.
I didn't need to understand the hypostatic unity of the Trinity;
I just needed to turn my life over to whoever came up with redwood trees.
I’ve heard it said that every day you need half an hour of quiet time for yourself, or your Self, unless you’re incredibly busy and stressed, in which case you need an hour. I promise you, it is there. Fight tooth and nail to find time, to make it. It is our true wealth, this moment, this hour, this day.
Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.
Rule 1: When all else fails, follow instructions. And Rule 2: Don't be an asshole.
I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.
You can either practice being right or practice being kind.
The problem is acceptance, which is something we're taught not to do.
We're taught to improve uncomfortable situations, to change things, alleviate unpleasant feelings. But if you accept the reality that you have been given- that you are not in a productive creative period- you free yourself to begin filling up again.
Everything was coming together by coming apart .
. . It is the most difficult Zen practice to leave people to their destiny, even though it's painful - just loving them, and breathing with them, and distracting them in a sweet way, and laughing with them . . . if something was not my problem, I probably did not have the solution.
I'm all over the place, up and down, scattered, withdrawing, trying to find some elusive sense of serenity." The world can't give that serenity. The world can't give us peace. We can only find it in our hearts." I hate that." I know. But the good news is that by the same token, the world can't take it away.
When faced with a crisis, do three things: breathe, pray and be kind.
Radical self-care is quantum, and radiates out into the atmosphere, like a little fresh air. It is a huge gift to the world. When people respond by saying, “Well, isn’t she full of herself,” smile obliquely, like Mona Lisa, and make both of you a nice cup of tea.
Love falls to earth, rises from the ground, pools around the afflicted.
Love pulls people back to their feet. Bodies and souls are fed. Bones and lives heal. New blades of grass grow from charred soil. The sun rises.
I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe over the last twenty-five years, that there's something to be said about keeping prayer simple. Help, Thanks, Wow.
Hope begins in the dark.
It's incredibly touching when someone who seems so hopeless finds a few inches of light to stand in and makes everything work as well as possible. All of us lurch and fall, sit in the dirt, are helped to our feet, keep moving, feel like idiots, lose our balance, gain it, help others get back on their feet, and keep going.
I am going to try to pay attention to the spring.
I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.
I spent my whole life helping my mother carry around her psychic trunks like a bitter bellhop. So a great load was lifted when she died, and my life was much easier.
I am a terrible and lazy Christian. I do not believe that the Bible is the literal word of God. I just skip about a third of it. I love the parts I love so much, but I find a lot of it just appalling. When a right-wing person quotes a passage in order to attack and stigmatize another person--or group of people--I just roll my eyes.
So what are we supposed to do again, when we hate everything? You stop pretending life is such fun or makes sense. It's often messy and cruel and dull, and we do the best we can. It's unfair, and jerks seem to win. But you fall in love with a few people. Like I love you, Elizabeth. You're the angel God sent me.
If we stay where we are, where we're stuck, where we're comfortable and safe, we die there... When nothing new can get in, that's death.
My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear.
You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren't.
You take the action, and the insight follows: You don't think your way into becoming yourself.