After finishing a wonderful book (An Unquiet Mind) I decided to pick up two more books by the same author (Kay Redfield Jamison). The first is titled “Exuberance: The Passion for Life” and the second book is titled “Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperment” I just started reading Exuberance today and it is a wonderful book so far. She truly captures the feelings and energy of people who truly are exuberant and not merely energetic or enthusiastic….
Most of the references she gives revolve around nature and the joys that can be found therin. Poetry is often quoted in her works and all the passages speak to your heart. I have often wanted to write in such a way, where what I put down on paper uplifts people and has an impact on them. My poetry is often neglected for long peroids of time, only to surface again when I am wrapped in nature’s cloak. One of my favorite quotes in the book so far is by John Muir “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” I think that going out into nature is really going home, where we can truly center ourselves.
The book gives me a great desire to go dance among the flowers and smile up into the sky, basking in the warmth of the sun, or marveling at the endless starry sky. The idea of running free, twirling ’round like a sprite and falling back, face up in a field gazing at all the beauty around has me smiling and planning for a time for me to run free.