“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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“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure.” ~Paul Coelho
Are you more likely to see yourself as a victim or an adventurer in search of treasure? Both are valid ways to perceive yourself in a given challenge, and your choice makes an enormous difference in how you experience those challenges.
“Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ~Harvey Fierstein
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of allowing other people (and their expectations) to define us. It takes courage to define ourselves. How have you defined yourself?