I love Anne Lamott. She grew up in a crazy, alcoholic, dysfunctional family—and still manages to be a kind and “normal” person. After battling her own addictions from her early teens, Anne went clean—and has remained sober for about 30 years. She now is a prolific writer whose religion, faith and spirituality frequently show up in her work. She writes great fiction and even better essays. Anne has fully embraced social media and posts frequent and biting commentaries on her favorite topics--faith, politics, religion, and writing--on both Facebook and Twitter. Her Bird by Bird first made me consider being a writer. Her numerous treatises on God, faith and religion help me feel like I am not alone on this wacky journey of trying to worship the Lord amidst deeply flawed human beings. That's why I love Anne Lamott.
I’m currently reading her quintessential Help, Thanks, Wow as part of the research for my yoga thesis on faith and practice. After being in emotional agony for several weeks, today I broke down. “Help!” I cried out to God.
Help me to be patient with people, especially those with whom I live, work and play.
Help me find a new home for Serenity Place DC where we can grow into its full vision.
In the meantime, help me to be patient with the others with whom we share space.
Help me as I start dating again.
Help me make time for the friends I love so dearly.
Help me let go of all my past hurts and hang-ups, so that they won’t affect my current and future relationships.
Help me secure a new contract, so Moore Education can remain a full-time pursuit for me.
Help my country to be its best self. May all who are oppressed, unemployed, disenfranchised and marginalized be accepted as full citizens in this great nation.
Lord, help me with these—as well as all the other prayers that go unsaid but weigh down my heart and affect my mood.
I believe you are with me. I believe you inspired the dreams I have. I believe that my artistry is part of my ministry—and how I share you with the world.
Lord, my dreams, my current needs, and the expectations I have for myself are more than I can bear. Please, Lord, help!
That’s what life is all about. We fallible human beings do the best we can with what we have at any given moment. Usually what we have and know and can do is insufficient for the task at hand. Our only recourse is to ask for assistance from God, others, or the universe. Help!
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.