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An excerpt from The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart:
Hard times, more than any others, reveal to us the truth that the signature of our humanity is our emotional nature. What differentiates us from stones and butterflies is the degree to which what happens to us affects us on an emotional level. We don’t just experience things — get a divorce, lose our house, watch our dog die from eating poison — we have feelings about these events. It is the depth and nuance of our feelings — of our joy, sorrow, anger, and fear — that give texture to our humanity.
This excerpt on silence comes from a newly released edition of In the Heart of the World by Mother Teresa. This powerful portrait of one of the most beloved women of all time is told in her own words through a fascinating blend of daily life experiences, prayers, and spiritual wisdom. Enjoy!
In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.
A colleague recently asked me to answer the following question. It was such a good question, I found myself writing far more than I expected, and thought it would make a perfect blog post:
These days most of my writing is limited to press materials, short and factual emails, and putting together newsletters for local nonprofits. After talking to fellow NWL publicist Kim Corbin about a short story I wrote in college I realized that I missed creative writing. I started to think more and more about that paper and the class I wrote it for…I got a good grade on it…and more importantly, I enjoyed writing it…so I made a date with myself, took a look at Hal Zina Bennett’s Write Starts: Prompts, Quotes, and Exercises to Jumpstart Your Creativity and assigned myself the following exercise from the book. I’ll let you know how it goes, and I promise to start writing and stop looking for my old typewriter (which would make my trip down memory lane complete).
Get Unreal: A Writing Exercise
By Hal Zina Bennett
Legend has it that Picasso once got into a discussion with a neighbor who looked at his paintings and told the artist that while his colors were nice and the picture was very pleasant, he should try making them a bit more realistic. Otherwise, he advised, nobody would know what Picasso’s paintings were supposed to be about. The artist, exercising a rare amount of patience, nodded thoughtfully and asked his neighbor if he had an example of what he meant by realistic.
As Hollywood prepares for the annual Academy Awards gala this weekend, we’d like to share some recent New World Library–related honors:
Author Marc Lesser. Marc’s wonderful book Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less was recently named a finalist in the motivational category of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s prestigious Books for a Better Life Awards.
New World Library. Fast Company has named New World Library the world’s 8th most innovative media company in Fast Company’s annual Most Innovative Companies issue, which is on news stands now. To create this year’s “Most Innovative Companies” issue, Fast Company’s editorial team analyzed information on thousands of businesses across the globe. As an environmentally aware company that makes every attempt to embody the ideals presented in our publications, it is a great honor for us to be recognized by Fast Company in this way.