22 April 2013

remember to forget

sometimes we forget to remember: how very small is the fraction of what we see. what if, instead, we might remember to forget -- forget our circumstances, our narrow scope? what little bits do we miss -- of ourselves, of the paths we walk, of the strangers we pass, or even of our lovers, whose palms, and breaths, and sighs we memorize?

i was reading c.s. lewis yesterday, and this one struck a chord:
 there are no ordinary people. you have never talked to a mere mortal. nations, cultures, arts, civilizations -- these are mortal…but it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, exploit -- immortal horrors and everlasting splendours.

looking out for our own skins is easy enough. is this something my eternal self would smile upon? but in how i judge others? i try very hard. but i fall short every day. i need to remind myself: this person, too, has great eternal worth. and of eternity, i know so very, very little. but of eternity, i do know this: it compels me to love. to love this body i've been given. to love my triumphs, and mistakes. to love the one i'm with. to love my friends, but to realize i see them only in fragments. how slow our tempers, how fast to forgive we might be -- if only we looked so much further ahead. 

14 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures and very inspirational post. :)

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  2. love this post bridget, beautifully written. it's true, we all often forget to step back and put thing in perspective. i struggle so much with patience, but trying to view others in the light of eternity is a great way to work to overcome this. thank you for sharing :)

    xo,
    kristyn

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  3. "Is this something my eternal self would smile upon?" Perspective... we need eternal, heavenly perspective. So often ours are far too small + inward focused. I know for sure mine is. Thanks for this, lovely.

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  4. you are so right.
    i definitely need to be better about this.
    you look gorgeous.
    i love these pictures.

    K

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  5. such lovely words and photographs xxx

    barnicles

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  6. I always love to read what you have to say. You're so insightful and I know that when I hop on over to your blog, I'll find something that'll inspire me. So thank you! For your words today and practically everyday.
    Tessa Lynn

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  7. love everything about this. those pictures are perfect.

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  8. Lovely post dear, so much inspiration in all that you had to say!

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  9. very beautiful shots - you look really sweet in red shorts!

    P.S. it'l be awesome of you'd take a minute to check out my Fashion Week post!
    A
    xx
    http://epiquemoi.blogspot.com

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  10. Finally took a gander at your blog link in yr profile on Instagram! I love your photos. I actually have family that lives in Colorado and Wyoming and I love it out there! If I ever go back, we must meet!

    http://ladylikely.blogspot.com/

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  11. love the cs lewis quote and what you wrote... a great reminder about priorities!!! people are the most important thing-- not programs, budgets, tasks..

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