Awe stretches the heart

Awe stretches the heart

“When suffering constricts the heart, awe stretches it back out, making us more compassionate, more loving, more present.” ~Valarie Kaur

I love this image of awe restoring a constricted heart! How often do you allow yourself to truly experience awe as an adult? Perhaps we would all be well served by seeking it out and immersing ourselves in awe more often.

 

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Be the reason someone still believes

Be the reason someone still believes

“Be the reason someone still believes in magic, truth, authenticity, compassion, intelligent conversation, loyalty, courage, and love that doesn’t have an agenda.” ~Brooke Hampton

So many people are hurting this time of year, and it’s easy to get so caught up in our own holiday celebrations that we miss seeing their pain. Take the time to reach out to those in your own circle who may be having a difficult season this year to help them believe that life still brings goodness and love, even in the hard moments.

 

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You could be that thread

You could be that thread

So many people are hanging on by the thinnest of threads. Treat all people well. You could be that thread.” ~John Pavlovitz

Kindness costs us so little, and it may mean everything to those we offer it to. Even when we must set limits or draw boundaries, it’s still possible to do so with kindness because we never know how thin a thread another may holding on by.

 

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Compassion for our burdens

It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it. —Gregory Boyle

There is greater compassion in honestly witnessing the burdens those around us carry than there could ever be in judging them for how they carry those burdens.
(This applies to how we look at ourselves and our own burdens as well.)

 

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