Bug Analogy from Anne

As noted in a previous post, I am reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.  It is a book about the writing process, but it is also about life.  Here’s a neat paragraph I read this week that made me take a big ol’ deep breath in and let it all out.

“It helps to resign as the controller of your fate.  All that energy we expend to keep things running right is not what’s keeping things running right.  We’re bugs struggling in the river, brightly visible to the trout below.  With that fact in mind, people like me make up all these rules to give us the illusion that we are in charge.  I need to say to myself, they’re not needed, hon.  Just take in the buggy pleasures.  Be kind to the others, grab the fleck of riverweed, notice how beautifully your bug legs scull.”  ~Anne Lamott

*The sketch above is by Kalen.  He sketched it using iPad’s Penultimate.  After telling him about this quote, that is what he drew for me.

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