For those doing heavy lifting

Here is a quote that poet Alicia Ostriker shared during an AWP 2012 panel discussion titled “God at Every Gate.” From the Talmud:

It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task; neither are you free to relinquish it.

These are words that comfort and exhort. Hearing them, I felt some peace — both as a writer and a parent.

I hope you do too.

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