Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Two Kinds of People
There are two kinds of people in the world ... those who love quotes and those who don't. Over thirty years ago I fell in love with quotes and gradually built up a collection of more than 2,000 quotes that resonated with my spirit. I maintained the quotes in a FileMaker Pro database and as I changed computers regularly moved the quotes and the software to my new PC ... until the day when my new PC did not have a floppy drive and I couldn't easily move the software. My life was in flux then so I let the quotes fall into disuse, although I kept the file tucked safely away. Finally, I found a company that could translate my quote file into a spreadsheet format that I could bring into my new Mac environment ... it was like welcoming many wise, long-lost friends back into my life.
I've been sitting and having tea with my quote friends and Maya Angelou told me this: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." For the past few years my life has been chaotic and filled with loss. Not wanting to dwell on my pain, I stopped writing and many untold stories gathered inside me, until Maya reminded me that not writing can also be an agony. Her words were the last prompt I needed to start this blog which, I hope, will tell the story of my journey back to joy.