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takes as much courage to have tried and failed
as it does to have tried and succeeded.
After all, I don't see why I am
always asking for
private, individual, selfish miracles when every year
there are miracles like white dogwood.
I do not believe that sheer
suffering teaches. If suffering alone
taught, all the world would be
wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning,
love, openness and the willingness to remain
Only when one is connected to one's inner
core is one connected to others.
And, for me, the core, the inner
spring, can best be re-found through solitude.
One comes in the end to realize that there is no
and there should not be. It is not
something to be desired. The pure
relationship is limited,
space and in time. In its essence it implies exclusion. It
excludes the rest of life, other relationships, other
other responsibilities, other
possibilities in the
future. It excludes growth.
But I want first of all – in fact, as an end to these other desires
– to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of
intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out
these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact –
to borrow from the languages of the saints – to live "in
grace" as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in
a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony,
essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony.
am seeking perhaps what Socrates asked for in the prayer from the Phaedrus
when he said, "May the outward and inward man be at one."
would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I
could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.
The only real security is not in
owning or possessing, not in
demanding or expecting, not in hoping,
even. Security in a relationship
lies neither in looking back to what it
was, nor forward to what it might be,
but living in the present and
accepting it as it is now.
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betrayed by their vanity. Godlike they blandly assume
that t hey can express
everything in words; whereas the things one loves,
lives, and dies for
are not, in the last analysis completely expressible in words.
Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give
quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a
If you surrender completely to the
moments as they pass,
you live more richly those moments.
|Don't wish me happiness--I don't expect to be happy.
It's gotten beyond that,
somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a
sense of humor--I will need them all.
One cannot collect all the beautiful
shells on the beach.
One can collect only a few, and they are more
beautiful if they are few.
Morrow Lindbergh, the widow of aviator and conservationist Charles
A. Lindbergh, Jr., was a noted writer and aviation pioneer.
Born June 22, 1906 in Englewood, New Jersey, Lindbergh was the
daughter of businessman, ambassador, and U.S. Senator Dwight
Morrow and poet and women's education advocate Elizabeth Cutter
Morrow. Her family spent summers at the seashore:
Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and later on the island of North Haven
off the coast of Maine. She received a Bachelor of Arts
degree from Smith College in 1928, and married Charles A.
Lindbergh, Jr., on May 27, 1929.
Six children were born to the Lindberghs -- Charles A., III
1932), Jon, Land, Anne (deceased, 1993), Scott and Reeve.
Much time during the early years of the Lindberghs' marriage was
spent flying. Anne served as her husband's co-pilot,
navigator and radio operator on history-making explorations,
charting potential air routes for commercial airlines. They made
air surveys across the continent and in the Caribbean to pioneer
Pan American's air mail service. In 1931, they journeyed, in
a single-engine airplane, over uncharted routes from Canada and
Alaska to Japan and China, which she chronicled in her first book,
North to the Orient. They then completed, in the same
single-engine Lockheed "Sirius," a
survey of North and South Atlantic air routes in 1933 (the subject
of Anne Lindbergh's book, Listen! the Wind). Charles
characterized this expedition as more difficult and hazardous than
his epic New York-to-Paris flight in 1927 in the "Spirit of
The National Geographic Society awarded its Hubbard Gold Medal to
Anne Lindbergh in 1934 for her accomplishments in 40,000 miles of
exploratory flying over five continents with her husband. A
year earlier, she had been honored with the Cross of Honor of the
U.S. Flag Association for her part in the survey of transatlantic
air routes. In 1993, Women in Aerospace presented her with a
special Aerospace Explorer Award in recognition of her
achievements and contributions to the aerospace field.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was also the first licensed woman glider
the United States.
In addition to North to the Orient and Listen! the Wind, Anne
is the author of 11 other published books. They include Earth
which she wrote of being at Cape Kennedy for the first
flight and how that Apollo 8 flight and the pictures it sent back
Earth gave humankind "a new sense of Earth's richness and
Steep Ascent, a novel that tells the story of a perilous
flight made by
a husband and wife; the inspirational and widely read Gift from
perhaps her best-known work; and five volumes of diaries and
from the years 1922-1944.
Smith College, Amherst College, the University of Rochester and
Gustavus Adolphus College have all presented honorary degrees to
Lindbergh. In addition, she has also been inducted into the
Aviation Hall of Fame, the National Women's Hall of Fame, and the
Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey. She is also a recipient
Christopher Award for the fifth volume of her diaries, War
Anne Morrow Lindbergh died February 7, 2001 at her second home in
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