I’ve never felt anything faintly mystical in my life, and tell her so.
Faith is not a feeling she says. It’s a set of actions. By taking the actions, you demonstrate more faith than somebody who actually has experienced the rewards of prayer and so feels hope. Fake it till you make it. ~ from Lit, a memoir by Mary Karr
Once upon a time, during a very sad and unhappy period in my life, a wise person told me to “pretend” I was happy and if I pretended long enough, it might come true. Fake it till you make it.
It sounded facile to me at the time, but it worked out to be true. My problems were nothing compared to the situation Mary Karr is in when her AA sponsor gives her this sage advice. When Mary embarks upon a practice of prayer, even though at first she’s only faking it, the results are just suprising and effective enough to make her believe the power of it.
I’ve just closed the covers of this memoir, a book filled to the brim with striking sentences. They continue to roil around in my mind… more cohesive thoughts may be forthcoming.
Now tell me, what sentences are striking you today? If you’re blogging about them, let me know: