When I told my older cousin about this piece I was writing he said, “Emily Dickinson, she was quite a recluse,” but that is not why I decided upon her for my piece.
Emily Dickinson – the now well known American Poet, was not well known in her time, and yet she created anyway. She had to, because writing was clearly one of the biggest parts of her purpose here on earth, to communicate these words in such a unique form that they now impact our lives today.
These quotations below are some of my favorites. She is a reminder that we each have a unique purpose here, and whether it is recognized in our time or not, we must do what comes closest to our heart, because that is the mark we were created to leave. It is our life’s work. She may have had trouble accepting this herself, but she was a writer, and she wrote, and these messages came through the strong voice she innately had inside of her.
1. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.”
There is always hope, and it is magical. You can’t ever stop believing in it’s potential, even in the most difficult times, hope is still there – Perching in the soul with its bright feathers, and humming continuously the sweetest song always.
2. “I dwell in possibility.”
If you dwell in possibility, you are open, and therefore it’s more likely that you will receive what is right and true to you.
3. “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.”
Everyone is loved by someone, and to give love is the greatest thing about life. It’s truly living, and it is everlasting!
4. “That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.”
We need to practice savoring the good, appreciating the difficult, and living for the now.
5. “They might not need me; but they might. I’ll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.”
Making a difference revolves around simply being thankful and giving to others with even a smile. Even a smile makes a huge difference.
6. “To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
It’s the most profound and important part of life.
7. “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
People come to us at certain times in our lives, and I believe it’s our greatest choice to receive and give love.
8. “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
You never know the beautiful things that could come your way if you stay open and not debilitated by hurt or anger.
9. “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And reverie. The reverie alone will do, If bees are few.”
Love is the answer.
10. “Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.”
You never know what will come. Stay bright!
11. “A wounded deer leaps the highest.”
You often gain strength from those difficult times. You ascend to more of what you are capable of being and achieving.
12. “My friends are my estate.”
It’s difficult to find true friends, but when you do, they become your world. We must take care of our friends, and show them how much they mean to us. It’s the beauty in life.
13. “Forever is composed of nows.”
It is valuing each and every step.
14. “Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.”
When you venture, you always gain!
15. “The brain is wider than the sky.”
There is always something to learn, love, and see.
None of these are easy, and I am by no means saying that I have mastered these, but to work every day toward feeling what these quotations express is a step, I believe, toward living a more satisfying, bright and beautiful life!
About the author: Christie Leigh Babirad lives on Long Island, New York. Her published writings can be found on pinterest.com/cbabirad and at christieleigh87.blogspot.com. She welcomes e-mail at [email protected].