Frederick Buechner said and wrote many things that deeply touched my life, but this quote from him continues to be my favorite of all time. It has been pinned up in my studio for years and years.
Mr. Buechner died last week. He was in his 90s.
Can our gladness – the thing that sparks our hearts and lifts our spirits – be of service in a weary world?
Can the thing that naturally brings us joy – whether it’s painting or encouraging others or taking photos of things we notice – be someone else’s tiny miracle, something they crave and want more of in their life?
Yes, yes, and all the yeses.
When I think about how I’ve learned all the good stuff in life, it’s usually from people like Mr. Buechner using their gladness as a tool. For him it was writing. His writing met my hungry heart over and over again.