How do you place a value on inspiration? How do you quantify the wildness of birds, when for the most part they lead secret and anonymous lives.

Faith is not about finding meaning in the world, there may be no such thing — faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives.”

Finding beauty in a broken world is acknowledging that beauty leads us to our deepest and highest selves. It inspires us. We have an innate desire for grace. It's not that all our definitions of beauty are the same, but when you see a particular heron in the bend in the river, day after day, something in your soul stirs. We remember what it means to be human.

I saw that art is not peripheral, beauty is not optional, but a strategy for survival.