“If there’s a thing I’ve learned in my life it’s to not be afraid of the responsibility that comes with caring for other people. What we do for love: those things endure. Even if the people you do them for don’t”— Cassandra Clare (via justbesplendid)
"Letting Go" * To “let go” does not mean to stop caring; it means I can’t do it for someone else. * To “let go” is not to cut myself off; it’s the realization I can’t control another. * To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences. * To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands. * To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another; it’s to make the most of myself. * To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about. * To “let go” is not to fix, but to be supportive. * To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being. * To “let go” is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies. * To “let go” is not to be protective; it’s to permit another to face reality. * To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept. * To “let go” is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them. * To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I can be. * To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it. * To “let go” is to not regret the past, but to grow and live for the future. * To “let go” is to fear less and love myself more.
“The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty."
— Pablo Neruda”—
“For paradise we long. For perfection we were made…This longing is the source of the hunger and dissatisfaction that mark our lives…This longing makes our loves and friendships possible, and so very unsatisfactory. The hunger is for…nothing less than perfect communion with the…one in whom all the fragments of our scattered existence come together…we must not stifle this longing. It is a holy dissatisfaction. Such dissatisfaction is not a sickness to be healed, but the seed of a promise to be fulfilled…The only death to fear is the death of settling for something less."
— Richard John Neuhaus (Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross)”—
“Love? Love is about an unquenchable hunger, a passion so powerful it cannot be ignored. In the face of love,” he spoke softly, “all resistance is futile. Sex is momentary, ephemeral ecstasy at best without love. No one with a good opinion of themselves would trade sex by itself if they could have the true geld .. love with a worthy lover. It alters lives, and even the barest slice of true love … a moment, an evening, a day’s worth, can become a treasure to be pulled from the memory and ignite those feelings again many years after it has passed. It is the most powerful of all compulsions." Das"
— William C. Samples”—
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God."
— Mother Teresa”—
“The supreme act of forgiveness is when you can forgive yourself for all the wounds you’ve created in your own life. Forgiveness is an act of self-love. When you forgive yourself, self-acceptance begins and self-love grows.”—Don Miguel Ruiz (via justbesplendid) (via quote-book) (via ma-salaama) (via healingsakina) (via oceanofmind)
“See, the human mind is kind of like … a pinata. When it breaks open, there’s a lot of surprises inside. Once you get the pinata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience.”—Jane Wagner [The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe]
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle."
— Thich Nhat Hanh”—