“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.” ~Pema Chödrön (from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)
Which will you choose? I hope you’ll choose to let life soften you. Not only does the world needs more kindness and openness, but you’ll also find greater happiness that way.
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“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” ~Sir Winston Churchill
We may be living in fearful times, but we don’t have to let that drive us. We always have the choice to act with courage and love instead of reacting out of fear.
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“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us, but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of our suffering to become is in our own hands.” ~bell hooks
This really gets to the essence of kintsugi living, doesn’t it? We always have the choice of “what we allow the mark of our suffering to become.” We can choose to find (and become) the gold of healing.
“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” ~Pema Chödrön
We have much more choice about what we allow to control us than we think we do. Learning how to take back that control is a huge step toward peace and toward a better life. Give it a try!
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“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.” ~Eckhart Tolle
How often do you tell you tell yourself that you’ll start living the life you are longing for after ________________ happens? (Fill in the blank … after graduation, after I get married, after the kids are grown, after retirement, after the next promotion, after … )
What is it you are waiting for?
Stop waiting and start living today, even if you have to start small where you currently are. This is the only life you have. Don’t miss out on the chance to live it to the fullest!
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