Favorite Friday: Ray Bradbury (on leaving behind a legacy)

 

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Drunk On Writing

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.  ~Ray Bradbury

This will be my new inspirational quote especially after the kind of month I had in July.   Writing as well as my good friend, Muse, have been my constant and true companions during these dark days as they have always been in the past.  I love having the ability to withdraw into the imaginary worlds which dwell in my mind, as well as being able to lose myself completely and utterly whenever I take up a pen.   So, when I read this particular quote this evening, it just rang loud and true to me.

Yes, I intend to remain perpetually drunk on writing so that I’m able to weather the storms of life!