Life Will Break You

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.


Louise Erdrich
from The Painted Drum via KindOverMatter.com

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Life Will Break You

  1. Carolyn Reuben Green says:

    What a poignantly poetic and useful quote. Poignant because her ex, the father of her children, killed himself. Thanks. Makes me want to read her work. Never have. Mom

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