“People lean, either in their dreams or in their action, toward that place where they suspect their inner lights are coming from.” I run a bookclub for alumni of Macalester College, where I went to school. This month we’re reading Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins. This line made me think of how we all do so many of the same behaviors throughout the day. Most of us get out of bed, brush our teeth, and eat something. Viewed from 30k feet, we’re all more alike than we are different. But we all also tilt, just a tad, to what we think is most important. And that tilt can change the whole shape of a life when you get up close. For example, right after I get out of bed, I open all the blinds in our house. It connects me to nature and the earth and the outside world. All things I value. It’s a small action, but it’s also a big one. What’s something “small” you do that connect you to your light?
Published by Emily P.G. Erickson
Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts