Stubborn Gladness

The more you think, the more you realize.
The more you realize, the more you look.
The more you look, the more you act.
The more you act upon these thoughts, realizations, & findings,
more changes happen to your life and that too for the better.

I was reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and came across this poet Jack Gilbert and Elizabeth’s articles about Jack Gilbert.
Those articles, they talk a lot about the poems of Jack and how he lived life the way he wanted and how he embraced the hardships of the life he choose. They also talk about the kind of impact they have on the people who read them, and the love and hate relationship they create with their readers.

To me, these poems are about the ripples they make in my thoughts. They are the amazing pearls of wisdom from men & women who lived decades before me and laid out their lives as examples to lead. We may not follow them to the solitude and wanderlust they describe, but we will definitely be lead to a path where you see light in your everyday darkness and appreciate the things called grace, love and kindness when faced with pain and adversity.

I really loved this article that Elizabeth Gilbert wrote. Please check it out if you’re interested.
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/11/the-stubborn-gladness-of-elizabeth-gilberts-favorite-poet/281158/

Here is an extract from Jack Gilbert’s poem, “A Brief for the Defense”

“We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of the world.”

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2 thoughts on “Stubborn Gladness

  1. It is interesting how they shared the last name, but as the link mentions there is no connection.

    Very well spoken about your thoughts of Jack Gilbert. With his passing the world has lost another literacy genius.

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