Weekly Quote: Power

Arizona Trip 2010

Last night I watched the movie Wild with Reese Witherspoon.  I highly recommend it for anyone with a wandering spirit searching for something inside themselves.

There were so many great takeaways.  I especially liked the references to famous poets.

One quote particularly caught my attention.  Poet Adrienne Rich references Marie Curie in her poem “Power.”  Here is the last line:

“Her wounds came from the same source as her power.”

It’s a powerful statement.  How often do our dreams bring us both joy and pain?  But I think there’s hope.  My artist friend and neighbor once shared a concept with me that I really liked: the depths you are willing to go reflect the heights you want to reach.  How many times are writers told to dig deeper?  But how much is too much?

In the case of Marie Curie, she sacrificed her life for her work.  But her memory lives on because of it.

On the flip side, it might just be our wounds that lead us to greatness.

Either way, there is no denying the life-force that exists inside us.   We may not have the power to make our dreams come true, but if we search our deepest wounds, we might find the power to save ourselves.

 

 

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