The Prompter Room

For Saturday, October 17, 2015:

“You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.”

Annie Dillard  

Every time I read this line from Dillard’s A Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek, I think of the passage from which it comes.  She describes seeing a tree afire from the sunlight within, and it’s one of the most magical pieces of writing I’ve ever read. I can’t begin to do it justice here, but ever since then I’ve seen several trees lighted by that kind of fire.

What is your own astonishment?  It doesn’t need to be a moment of magic in nature.  Perhaps it’s a longtime relationship, or a thought, idea or blessing that comes unbidden, or a glimpse of humanity at its best (or, to be honest, at its worst, for we can be astonished at stupidity, selfishness, and thoughtlessness, too).  Perhaps it is even you yourself.  Imagine if we could all see ourselves as astonishing!

Use your voice, your pen, your brush, your hands to show us so we can share those moments and remember them.  Then we will know to keep our eyes open to look for our own. We are made aware of more around us because of your voice.  Your unique vision makes the world a better place.


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