Noticing is about letting yourself out into the world,
Rather than siphoning the world into you
In order to transmute it into words.
Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction.**
Some want the world,
Or some larger piece of it.
Better for the world to have us entirely,
That a larger world form inside us,
A world we might share:
As Rilke says, ‘Hier su sein ist so viel – To be here is immense.’ Nowhere does the silence of the infinite lean so intensely as around the arm of a newly born infant. Once we arrive, we enter into the inheritance of everything that has preceded us; we become heirs to the world.^
*From Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Several short sentences about writing;
**Rachel Carsons, quoted in Maria Popova’s Figuring;
^From John O’Donohue’s Benedictus.