Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Quote of the Week - Audre Lorde

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.

-Audre Lorde, self-described "Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet"

When I thought about what I needed in my life this week, the notion of joy came into my mind right away..the power of joy to fill up those spaces of exhaustion or frumpiness, to remind me of what really matters. And joy has a contageous effect when shared lovingly, of building connections between people who know they are connected and between people who never imagined they could be connected.

Audre Lorde is one of my most treasured teachers. While I was never lucky enough to see her in person before she died, her words have touched me on a personal level and through my work in many, many ways. If you would like to learn more about Audre Lorde, you can check out this link which has a short biography and samples of her work. http:///maximum.lambda.net/lorde.html

What brings you joy today?

2 comments:

Daria de la Luna said...

Great quote! Love Audre Lorde's writing! I guess the top 2 on my list of gratefuls right now would be:
1. Slipping between 400 threadcount sheets & snuggling up against my warm wife
2. Hanging out with my grandparents for our usual Wednesday lunch

Do you keep a daily joy/gratitude/blessing list? I find it to be a powerful tool.

Denise said...

Hey Daria,

Beautiful Joys! Thanks! I've kept a gratitutde journal over the years though not lately. It would be a nice thing to get back into doing.