Hope

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“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ~Desmond Tutu

When we’re stuck in the darkness of pain or fear, hope can be hard to see. But it’s always there if we search hard enough, just as even the smallest hints of light can be found in the darkness.

Where are you finding hope in your life?

What makes compassion real

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“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” ~Pema Chödrön

True compassion requires that we be present with all of people, including their darkness, which often shows itself most strongly when they are afraid and in pain. To do that, we must get to know our own darkness and develop compassion for that part of ourselves first. It’s the hardest kind of compassion to develop, but it’s one of the gifts available to us through kintsugi living.

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Darkness and light

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“Help us to be the always hopeful
Gardeners of the spirit
Who know that without darkness
Nothing comes to birth
As without light
Nothing flowers.”
~May Sarton, from “The Invocation of Kali”

Most of us prefer the “light” times of life, filled with happiness and ease, but the darkness and the light are both necessary.

Nothing is born without time in the darkness to gestate. Nothing blooms without the sun’s light.

Darkness deserves gratitude

moon at night

“Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.” ~Joan D. Chittister

So much of the growth that has happened in my life has happened in the dark times and in the underground territory of my life.

I may not always enjoy those dark times, but I’ve learned to appreciate their benefits.

In so doing, the value I bring to those times helps me gain even greater growth because I’m actively looking for it.

What growth has happened in the darkness in your life?


 

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