“There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts.” ~Rumi
How often we ignore the gifts and treasures we already have in our lives, our talents, our relationships, our character, and instead we go begging for pale imitations from others thinking we are only worthy of scraps. We already have so much inside us and around us if we would only take the time to seek it and treasure it.
“Everything that kindness touches relaxes into its true nature.” ~Pamela Wilson
Kindness is a powerful gift that lets each of us relax into who we really are when we are touched by it. Offer kindness whenever you can to others and to yourself. You might be surprised at just how much power it has to create positive change!
“Maybe the most difficult stranger to welcome is the one who lives inside us.” ~Mirabai Starr, from God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
How do you deal with those parts of yourself that you don’t like? It’s only through welcoming them in that we have the opportunity to transform them.
How could you better welcome the stranger inside of you?
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“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).
“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” ~Parker J. Palmer
In this season of so many setting resolutions of how we will change our lives in the coming year, taking time to listen to what our lives are telling us about who we already are seems like a wise starting place.