“Over and over we must know that the real target of evil is not destruction of the body, the reduction of rubble of cities; the real target of evil is to corrupt the spirit of man and to give his soul the contagion of inner disintegration… Therefore the evil in the world around us must not be allowed to move from without to within.” ~ Howard Thurman
How do you keep alive a sensitivity to the Spirit?
“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories…water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“And so by fateful chance the Negro folk-song — rhythmic cry of the slave — stands today not simply as the sole American music, but as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side the seas.” W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
I have discovered that something is awakened through failure, tragedy, and disappointment. It is a place of learning and potential creativity. In such moments you can get lost in despair or denial, or you can recognize the failure and run toward the hope of something new.