And here is my favorite quote:
". . That I started writing the essays largely because it was fun, but I kept writing them even when it wasn't nearly as much fun because I sensed that it was an important discipline for me to cultivate-that in the face of a constant kaleidoscope of airports and faces it would serve me well to learn to narrow my focus to a moment. To take that moment for what it was and to think carefully about what else it could be.
That over time, without my even really noticing, writing had become a spiritual discipline -one way for me to snatch breaths from beneath the waterfall of life.
That now, like the chemicals on a photographic negative, it is the keyboard that helps me define my experiences. On my best days, a jumble of moments, like so many bright pixels, coalesce into something vibrant and evocative as I type. Often I feel as if I have not understood anything of waht an experience has really meant to me until I have anchored it in text. "
Yes. That's writing.
And as a person who anchors in text, and who spent four years in a long-distance writing relationship with the love of my life before we got married, I resonated with this book.