“You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.” ~Junot Díaz
When I’m hurting, my first impulse is always escape. I want to run away from the pain, the confusion, the fear, or the heartache.
It never works. No matter how far or how fast I run, I inevitably bring all of that anguish with me because I can’t escape what’s inside me.
The only way through it is to go inward and face those difficult emotions head on and work through them. Every single time.
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“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~Jonathan Safran Foer
It’s so hard to let down the walls around my heart that I erect in attempts to protect myself from any sadness or hurt, but the truth is they don’t really work anyway and they keep out as much (or more) happiness than anything else.
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“Sorrow digs the well and joy fills it.” ~Randy Peyser
When we are willing to do the hard work of grief—letting ourselves fully experience it and move through it—we expand our capacity to experience joy more deeply as well.
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“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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“Allow beauty to shatter you regularly. The loveliest people are the ones who have been burnt and broken and torn at the seams yet still send their open hearts into the world to mend with love again, and again, and again. You must allow yourself to feel your life while you’re in it.” ~Victoria Frederickson
It’s so easy and so tempting to shut down, close ourselves off, and stop feeling our emotions, but we miss so much when we do. Stay open to life. Let beauty shatter you. And keep your heart open through it all to love the world around you.