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As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” ― John Lubbock, “When you're socially awkward, you're isolated more than usual, and when you're isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done.

All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it.

So I skimmed the book to appease my mom and tossed it aside. And then chose to cut the crap and take God seriously in every part of her life. Five years after I dissed Elliot’s book, I was 21 and typing with trembling hands a letter to her to ask if she’d be willing to review the unpublished manuscript of a book I was writing called “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” (Needless to say, I’d come a long way from my views as a 16-year-old.) I rewrote my letter to her at least three times.

As my mom later joked, I read all the “passion,” but skipped all the “purity.” But after a few years of frustration with my own approach to dating (and without the pressure of my mom forcing me to read it) I picked up Elliot’s book again. I read the story of Jim and Elisabeth — two people who were passionately in love and yet chose to put Jesus first. In one discarded version I told Elliot that I doubted my book was even worth publishing since hers was so much better.

In the years that followed, my book went on to become the new go-to book for mothers to give their kids when they didn’t like the person they were dating.

And I became the author that 16-year-olds silently cursed under their breath.

One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible.

Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.” ― Criss Jami, tags: advantage, alienation, alienation-versus-humanity, art, artist, authenticity, awkward, brain, compromise, craft, creative, fierce, genuine, humanity, humanity-versus-alienation, imagination, introversion, isolation, life, loner, originality, perspective, purity, social, socially-awkward, solitude, writing “The others cast themselves down upon the fragrant grass, but Frodo stood awhile still lost in wonder.


I’ll never forget the day I received a typed, postcard reply from her. I applaud your forthrightness, courage, God-given conviction, and ability to articulate a message that is desperately needed.” I still have that little note taped in a journal. And helped me to sell my book to a publisher and not a few readers.

“I'm not in search of sanctity, sacredness, purity; these things are found after this life, not in this life; but in this life I search to be completely human: to feel, to give, to take, to laugh, to get lost, to be found, to dance, to love and to lust, to be so human.” ― C. tags: dancing, feeling, human, human-nature, humanism, humanity, inspiration, inspirational, inspirational-life, inspirational-quotes, life, life-and-living, living, living-life, passion, purity, sacredness, sanctity “Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness.


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