All things must pass – Teresa of Avila

I was reading John Donohue and he wrote something about the wonderful poet and Spanish mystic, Teresa of Avila -

‘There was a contest of wisdom one time in ancient Greece to find who could write down a sentence which would somehow always be true. The sentence that won the competition was, ‘This too will pass.’ One of my favourite thinkers in the feminine and mystical tradition is Teresa of Avila. She cautioned that in bad, lonesome and difficult times, you should never forget that this too will actually pass. So there is shelter and kindness in the acknowledgement of transience. But there is also a desperate loneliness in transience, in knowing the one that you love, the beautiful time you are having, the lovely things that are happening to you, will all actually disappear.’

John Donohue

So, John Donohue also talks about the secret place where our ‘vanished days gather’ – the days that have passed - and this is memory. Well, that is true, memory and dreams, and I know this sounds a bit crazy but that’s what I want my dresses to bring with them – the idea of memory and vanished days – and maybe sometimes they even do feel that way, because I have seen girls wearing them and they look like they are stepping out of a dream or a far-a-way memory.

Love, Susie


God alone is enough
Let nothing upset you,
let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
Patience wins
all it seeks.
Whoever has God
lacks nothing:
God alone is enough.

St Teresa Avila