You know, when I start telling you something by saying, ‘I was thinking about what you said about …,’ it always gives me pleasure to say that, to let you know that I was brooding on your words. And I think the pleasure is … well, I know how much I love it when you say ‘I was thinking about what you said about …’ It’s somehow as though the part of you that’s in me will be able to nourish the part of me that’s in you, or-something-I don’t know how to put it. But that there’s some circuit of reciprocity between these holding relations: your ability to hold me inside you, and mine to hold you inside me.
∆ Eve Sedgwick, A Dialogue on Love
In an effort to get people to look
into each other’s eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.
When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.
Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.
When she doesn’t respond,
I know she’s used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.
Jeffrey McDaniel, “The Quiet World”
Nature depends on us to embody our souls. The world cannot fully express itself without each of us fully expressing our selves; diminished human soul means diminished nature. Just as nature longs for the embodiment of our souls, our souls long for a world in which nature can embody itself fully and diversely.
⚘ Bill Plotkin, Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche
supportive friendship❤️ ;')
"It will be ok!! This is one day in your whole life. One week in your whole life. You will look back years from now and this day won’t be remembered for not doing a few things you wanted to do.
You have a lot going on in just about every way I can think of. It makes sense if you don’t feel focused or have the energy for certain tasks. You will graduate. You will get a job. Things will get done. If certain things don’t get done, other opportunities will come up. They will happen in time. You’re not lazy. You’re really smart. You’re freaking in grad school to make the world a better place (which you already do by existing) by helping people understand themselves better and navigate life. Tomorrow is another day. ☀️"