"When we belittle our own experience, we refuse to take the responsibility of our gifts. Writers and artists, like children, know the sacredness, the immediacy of their own experience. Faith means believing in the divine purpose behind our own childhood and adulthood. Faith means claiming the value of our own experience as part of the meaning of the universe.
Our own spiritual journey, our own quest, our own search for soul or identity, our own link with God—by comparison with Dante’s or Giotto’s, we may feel ours trivial or clumsy. But when we attempt to express ourselves with pencil, typewriter, or brush, we share not only in the creativity of our own time but of all time. We perform the human act of organizing something from chaos. We share the divine act of creation. We become part of, not isolated from it."
~ Mildred Tonge