I love Wendell Berry. I have some of his books and have read many more. I especially enjoy falling into his deeply humane fiction, but his essays transport me like no high school reading assignment ever did. His approach to life would solve many world problems if more people adopted it on deeper levels than they do now. He has wise things to say about humanity, our planet, story telling, and all those wonderful and significant things that make life awesome and glorious.
The odd thing is, I was surprised to realize how many people I know aren’t even familiar with his name. I mean, the guy gets quoted in newspapers! Check him out online. So here’s my shout out into the Void:
Wendell Berry Rocks!
And here is the quote from my fridge that has added stability and clarity to my choices in life. This is the quote I cut out of the newspaper many, many years ago because it resonated so deeply with me:
“Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.”
-Wendell Berry “A Poem of Difficult Hope”
Because even my attention span can waver on my own blog, I’m going with bullet points for the rest of this article:
- Have a set action, not a reaction, that drives your decisions
- Develop safe boundaries for how you will allow others to treat you.
- Accept others.
- Accept yourself.
- Know thyself.
- School thyself.
- Make time to listen to yourself, value that insight, and trust yourself to follow through.
- Grow closer to God, and make the sacrifice it takes to stay there.
- Read Wendell Berry. His Port William series of novels details the lives of people in a small southern town who have love, loss, war, trials, thigh slapping fun, mystery, and universal human experiences that make the reader a better, deeper person than they were before they read the book. Or at least, lets the reader tap into their own better, deeper self that they may not have recognized was living in the same house they were.
- And that is all I have to say on the subject. Any search engine will bring up his name, his book list, and many samples of his exquisite writing.