“It is the wilderness in the mind, the desert wastes in the heart, through which one wanders lost and a stranger. When one is a stranger to oneself, then one is estranged from others, too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh earned her reputation as a fearless aviator and explorer. At the same time, the diaries and books she wrote were maps of her emotional journey. In her nonfiction classic, Gift from the Sea, she charted ways to navigate the challenging terrain of marriage, work, and motherhood.
We lose ourselves when we spend our energy trying to please too many others, Lindbergh reminded us in today’s quote. Inspiring many women, she underscored the importance of making time and space to nurture our own spirituality and creative work. ~CL
To read an essay I wrote about Gift from the Sea in Metro Parent, please click here.
Photo by Cindy La Ferle