The most difficult stranger to welcome

drawing of woman looking into a mirror

“Maybe the most difficult stranger to welcome is the one who lives inside us.” ~Mirabai Starr, from God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

How do you deal with those parts of yourself that you don’t like? It’s only through welcoming them in that we have the opportunity to transform them.

How could you better welcome the stranger inside of you?

 

Art work credit: https://pixabay.com/en/woman-art-abstract-vintage-girl-2068125/

You are not what has happened to you

wood blocks that spell the word LOVE

“You are not what has happened to you. Only Love has the final word in who you are.” ~James Finley

Never let yourself buy into the illusion that are you just a collection of the things that have happened to you. Those things may shape us, but they are never who we are. Only Love—the Love that loves us totally, completely, unconditionally, and without end—knows who we truly are (and loves us anyway).

Sail away from the safe harbor

galleon style ship floating on water with sunset colored skies

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain

As we head into a new year, it can be tempting to focus on how we will try to better conform to who others think we should be or to better squeeze ourselves into a “safe,” confined life. What if you were to dream larger and aim for becoming a bigger, more outrageous, more authentic version of yourself instead? What would that look like for you?

Light and darkness

night sky with stars and Milky Way

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~Og Mandino

As we approach the shortest day of the year tomorrow (here in the Northern hemisphere), it’s helpful to remember to find the beauty in the darkness of our lives as well as in the bright places. They each have their place and their value.

Blessed Yule (or Winter Solstice) tomorrow!