Apr 15

Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could

I haven’t read The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich, but a quote from it was read aloud to me recently. It goes like this:

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.

And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.

One response to Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could

  1. Thanks for sharing these splendid lines. I can base a sermon, or two or three or four, on them alone. It also inspires me to go read the book!