There was a wonderful quote in the newspaper that touched my heart for a few reasons. “Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead”. — Louisa May Alcott. Ah, dear Louisa—she had such a way with words.
Of course, I love the quote because of how it inspires me. It is so important to me to have goals, high aspirations, lofty heart-lifting goals and words. It feeds my optimism. It strengthens my spirits when they are flagging. It keeps me moving toward God’s aspirations for me as I discover them.
Beyond that there is another reason I love the quote. It is by Louisa May Alcott. I have written before of the triumvirate of authors that inspired me to write when I was a young lass: Louisa May Alcott, Maud Hart Lovelace, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I discovered these three authors when I was about 7 and living in Winona, MN. Each of these women’s books contained a character that longed to be a writer. There were countless authors subsequent to these 3 that inspired me….but I always carried Jo, Betsy, and Laura in my heart.
In my mind’s eye I WAS them. I still am. I still write my heart and thoughts to make a difference. I still aspire to see, reach, and become the beauty in the world (metaphorically speaking).