manifesto for the school year

"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength."

-August Wilson

There are some things I feel like I've slacked on this summer.
Not that this summer was a failure.
Not at all.

But I feel like I was just so busy and caught up in the many things I was doing (good things, mind you), that I lost a little bit of who I am.
Just a little bit.

I slacked off a little bit in some things that are important to me.
Just a little bit.

This is not me ragging on myself or moping about the past.
This is just me recommitting to a life I love.
A life that is full of passion and character and a few blue recycling bins.

A life of living the principle that less is more.
And that books and music and writing and good quality entertainment are not a waste of time.
That these books mean so much more when I'm not half-asleep.
That playing is just as important to my health as working.
And that learning is a privilege, not a burden.

So I'm going to unpack the boxes in my room, and figure out what to keep, what to get rid of and what to put away until I decide how important it is to me.

And recommit to loving the life God gave me. And remembering what is important.


pepper said...

Hi Laura, I've just posted about you as my blog love, you can see it overe here- www.pepperstitches.blogspot.com

just wanted to let oyu know that you rock!

Pepper x

JANE said...

Hi Laura I just found you through Pepper's post. I have joined as a follower and look forward to settling down to read your blog tonight! Feel free to drop by my blog at http://lifeonplanetbaby.blogspot.com and say hi. Jane

kara lynn said...

thank you for this post and quote! i think i'm going to go throw away some "stuff"!