#5- That’s What They Say- Thought provoking insights on common quotations

March 20, 2014 at 8:55am

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Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,Or what’s a heaven for?                          ~ Robert Browning


This is by all means my favorite quote by any writer or poet, ever. The original poem, s work was that he lacked ambition, or soul. In the poem, Browning was speaking to the part in all of us that exists in mediocrity. He was calling us out. Browning was saying that even if you are whether that be a painter, a sculptor, a poet, a t aspire to be better than your actual skill set, you will never achieve greatness.

You can perform any task with great technicality, but not greatness.  When Browning says “what’s a heaven for?” he means inspiration is what makes the difference between having technical skill and using the universe’s great capacity to inspire within us, something that is greater than the human capacity.

able, sense-able. When anything is done with love, the impossible becomes possible, the limited becomes unlimited and the finite becomes infinite. Heaven houses the infinite, the unlimited, the possible and from what all reports indicate, love.

That’s what heaven is for. Love. Love is the driving and motivating force of the universe.  Love trumps all other emotions. It loosens blocks, it primes the pump for other wonderful states of being, such as joy, harmony, reverence for life, peace and creativity. Love enhances every possible endeavor, strive to do things holding love in your heart as your inspiration.

Suggested reading: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield                                 

                                 Return to Love by Marianne Williamson


Rev Marjorie Rivera

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