Archive for the ‘Heard and Read February 2009’ Category

Pat Schneider – The Patience of Ordinary Things

March 3, 2009

Source: Another River: New and Selected Poems

It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?

Victor Frankl – What does life expect of me?

February 18, 2009

Source: Man’s Search for Meaning

Reflecting on his time in a Nazi concentration camp when someone was depressed and felt there was nothing to expect from life any more:We had to learn and we had to teach the despairing men that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and think instead of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment. Everyone has his own specific mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment, which demands fulfillment.