You are not what has happened to you

wood blocks that spell the word LOVE

“You are not what has happened to you. Only Love has the final word in who you are.” ~James Finley

Never let yourself buy into the illusion that are you just a collection of the things that have happened to you. Those things may shape us, but they are never who we are. Only Love—the Love that loves us totally, completely, unconditionally, and without end—knows who we truly are (and loves us anyway).

Open your heart

heart cut out of wooden boards with flowers poking through

“Open your heart to who you are, right now,
Not who you would like to be.
Not the saint you’re striving to become.
But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.”
~John Welwood

Want to grow? Want to become an even better version of you? The pathway always begins with learning to open your heart and love yourself just as you are first. Love is the best foundation from which to grow.

Let beauty shatter you

red tulips on green background

“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.