Friday, January 14, 2011

Weekly Quotes Part 2

[I]t doesn’t matter whom you love or where you move from or to, you always take yourself with you. If you don’t know who you are, or if you’ve forgotten or misplaced her, then you’ll always feel as if you don’t belong. Anywhere. (xiii)
— Sarah Breathnach, Moving On: Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance

This is one of those life lessons that is very hard to learn.  Wherever you go, there you are, as Jon Kabat-Zinn says.  And it is hard to believe that making even the most radical life change will not change anything but when you consider how much what we carry inside informs our experience, it only makes sense that there really are only a few things that can happen to use that will ever truly change who and what we are.  Ultimately, the greatest quest and the most fulfilling remains knowing the self and the greatest need is to love the self.  Once these two impossibly simple things are mastered, the rest of life is a piece of cake.

Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it. (22)
— Sarah Breathnach, Moving On: Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance

Even now, there are still days so beautiful, I almost believe in God. (132)
— Ann Hood, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits. (January 11)
— Sarah Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility. (17)
— Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

This is how women self-sabotage and self-destruct. Unless we have constant witnesses to our hard work, we are convinced we pull off every day of our lives through smoke and mirrors. (27)
— Sarah Breathnach, Peace and Plenty

Oh dear.  This is me.  I confess.  If I blog and there are no comments, I feel I am not blogging right or good enough.  When I write something--a short story or a poem--and someone doesn't tell me they read it, I assume they are being painfully polite and saying nothing because they have nothing nice to say. And how is it I can't believe that what I do is good unless someone else acknowledges it?  I don't understand this drive for external validation.  Even now, I know the newsletter that just went out is good but I also know I'll only believe it when someone who has read it says, "I really enjoyed the newsletter this month" or "This is just what I needed to read.  Thanks!"  So for all that I say "I know the newsletter" is good, some perverse part of me needs someone else to see it that way too.

Perhaps this is why I feel so beautiful and loved because I am surrounded by people who look at me with appreciation and adoration.

Not having money to spend doesn’t mean we can’t have well-spent moments every day. (42)
— Sarah Breathnach (Peace and Plenty)

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