612. We live at the edge of the miraculous. ~Henry Miller, American writer

Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy;
I drop my fruits like a ripe tree.
~Henry Miller

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Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That’s why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there. ~Henry Miller

This passage by Miller is one I make myself go find and read often because it encourages me to keep growing and learning and improving the skills I’ve been blessed with. Brain research has shown that there are no less than seven different kinds of intelligence and that each person is a genius in at least one of those areas. That’s why when I hear about or read about or know someone who thinks they are not smart enough or creative enough, I feel compelled to take exception. I believe that we, each and everyone of us, live not only “at the edge of the miraculous” as Miller contends but in the midst of it as well. Yahweh, Genius and Creator of all that is, creates all of us in His image, and our inherent gifts and talents are there for a reason. What’s more we have a holy anointing on our lives to develop and use them.

For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of the light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. ~Ephesians 5:8-10  ✝

** Image of ripe figs via Pinterest

19 thoughts on “612. We live at the edge of the miraculous. ~Henry Miller, American writer

  1. So true Natalie—one thing I learned during my tenure in education was that we all learn differently but that the US school system teachers but to truly only one form of learning. We do a grave disservice to learners who do not “learn” in the traditional fashion—so yes, everyone can learn and everyone can be creative—in some fashion or form—and we all can benefit from the gifts bestowed to each of us—plus I love the fig picture—not a fan of eating raw figs but give me a Newton any day 😉
    Hugs and love—cookie

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    • Yes, we sure do and you’re right that’s where public education is failing. But I’m not sure how it can be addressed any differently. I’m glad you enjoyed the fig photo. My dad loved figs, but me not so much except to look at. They are a pretty fruit I think. Hugs, N ❤

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  2. Merci, Natalie pour ce merveilleux texte et pour votre commentaire, tout cela est si vrai. Dieu nous a créés à son image et nous sommes si riches de potentiels. Et il nous demandera un jour « qu’as-tu fait de tes talents ? »
    Heureuse de pouvoir vous écrire en français, et encore plus de vous connaître, c’est une merveilleuse rencontre.
    J’ai lu votre histoire chez moi, désolée de ne pas y répondre tout de suite, ici, il est très tard.
    Douce nuit à vous, que les Anges vous gardent

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    • I’m glad you read it too then. You are anything but dull and stupid, Theresa. If we are made in the image of God, and we are, we CANNOT be dull and stupid. You are gifted and talented and adored by Him. Too think otherwise would not be a pleasant aroma offering unto the Lord. So smile, beautiful lady, and look again in the mirror that reflects who you really are!!!! Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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