Archive for June, 2016

Wisdom and Suffering

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Wisdom does not come from suffering. Wisdom comes from learning the lesson that heals the suffering.

— Chuck Spezzano, If It Hurts, It Isn’t Love, p. 61

Sing Forth Our Joy

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Staying isolated with our joys isn’t helpful either. It minimizes them, thus cheating us out of feeling their full thrill. We deserve joy in our lives — lots of it — because we will have our full measure of pain. Perhaps we fear others will criticize us for being braggarts if we sing forth our joy. But our real friends will sing right along with us. Our joys are deserved; they offset our trials. Telling others about both will let all our experiences count for something.

— Karen Casey, Peace a Day at a Time, June 28

The Opposite of Scarcity

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The opposite of scarcity is not abundance; the opposite of scarcity is simply enough. Empathy is not finite, and compassion is not a pizza with eight slices. When you practice empathy and compassion with someone, there is not less of these qualities to go around. There’s more. Love is the last thing we need to ration in this world.

— BrenĂ© Brown, Rising Strong, p. 9

Love Doesn’t Hurt.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Until you realize that love doesn’t hurt, love will always appear to hurt you. That will be your story, anyway. If you are willing to let go of your story, even for just a moment, you can start to have a different experience of love. When you open your mind to the possibility that if it hurts, it isn’t love, you stop being so afraid of love. As you begin to dismantle some of your old defenses, you notice that the course of love runs more smoothly. Each time you let go of another defense or an old wound, for example, you experience more love. Eventually, your defenselessness opens you up to an experience of pure love.

— Robert Holden, Loveability, page 153