The only way out

The only way out is in

“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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The cost of protecting yourself from sadness

“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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Let beauty shatter you

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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.