…en the effect for the cause. The cause you’re really looking for is exactly what those people lost. Getting what you want is the result of a paradoxical set of qualities, and that’s why it eludes us so. Gentle strength. Fierce compassion. Quiet rebellion. Silent courage. Beautiful struggle. Defiant acceptance. Foolhardy wisdom. It’s a kind of impossible alchemy of the spirit that we’re seeking, denying, rejecting, and hungering for, all at once.
…ing a writer or the image of being on a construction project, but you haven’t done any actual work. You don’t understand the cost of the dream, of putting yourself out there and risking failure. Therefore, it has no real value to you. You have to practice.