Disappointing the right people

“Know that whatever you do, you will disappoint someone. That’s okay. Just don’t disappoint yourself.” ~Michelle Marks

Disappointing other people is hard and uncomfortable for most of us, but the reality is that no matter how we contort ourselves to fit other people’s expectations, there will always be someone who is disappointed. It’s much healthier to make sure you stay true to yourself. Disappointing yourself is harder to live with in the long run than disappointing someone else.

 

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Blossoming into yourself

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.” -Jim Carrey

We can spend so much time and effort worrying about what other people might think of the people we are becoming that we inhibit our own blossoming. Most of us could learn something from the flowers around us who blossom without worry into their beautiful selves.

 

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Don’t quit

Rest if you must, but don't you quit

“Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.” ~Edgar A. Guest (find full poem at https://allpoetry.com/poem/14327858-Don-t-Quit-by-Edgar-Albert-Guest)

When times get hard, it’s tempting to give up and quit, especially when we’re tired. I love this reminder to let ourselves rest instead of quitting. If you’re feeling exhausted in your journey toward healing, let yourself rest for awhile instead of quitting altogether. You might be surprised at how much easier it is to keep going after a good rest.

 

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Expanding our view of joy

“What if joy is not only entangled with pain, or suffering, or sorrow, but is also what emerges from how we care for each other through those things? What if joy, instead of refuge or relief from heartbreak, is what effloresces from us as we help each other carry our heartbreaks?” ~Ross Gay

Joy can be found in unexpected places when we look for it. Recognizing it in these unlikely moments can help make it easier to motivate ourselves to support one another through our heartbreaks.

 

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