Today’s Monday Inspiration on this beautiful fall day comes from the opening quote of Jhumpa Lahiri’s gorgeous piece: Unaccustomed Earth. Telling multiple stories of immigrant’s experiences from Southeast Asia to the Western World, Jhumpa’s honest portraits of life, love and loss are stunningly beautiful pictures of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Her book opens with the following quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne:
Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.
Yet another perfect fall read to lose yourself in and wonder what it means to grow roots and find a home.
Happy Monday to everyone out there looking for who they are to become.