Grasping Necessity

“I would like to live as I should, as the weasel lives as he should…choosing the given with a fierce and pointed will…The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse. This is yielding, not fighting. A weasel doesn’t ‘attack’ anything; a weasel lives as he’s meant to, yielding at every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity. I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you.”

~ Annie Dillard, from “Living Like Weasels,” Teaching a Stone to Talk


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