“What are your goals?” he asked.
My goals are the goals of an apple seed.
I don’t remember how I answered his question but it couldn’t have been more truthful than the apple seed metaphor.
Write what you know. This standard advice has cost more than one writer a confrere or two. Here it is:
To make the acquaintance of a tree is to gain the counsel of a wise and compassionate friend.
The last moment of your life is this one.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley
If it isn’t right, it doesn’t exist. Satori. And, still, sometimes, it feels all wrong.
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~ Franz Kafka
And there’s this.