quote du jour ~nouwen – forgiveness…

Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.

~Henri J.M. Nouwen

quote du jour ~dinesen

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many thing one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.

~Isak Dinesen

quote du jour ~pema chodron

It’s not impermanence, per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.

~Pema Chodron, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

excerpt du jour ~anne lamott

The following is an excerpt from Anne Lamott’s Facebook post this morning:

Home, in bed, smothered in dogs like biscuit gravy; they are exhausted after giving me the ritual cleansing and have gone back to sleep, so I have this early morning all to myself. The sun has streaked highlights into my flowering pear tree like Vidal Sassoon, and I am wearing my Ethel Mertz jammies and eating peanut butter toast. This is what grace looks like: amazed gratitude and relief at your plain old gorgeous life.

I was up at 3:30 Tuesday, headed to Tennessee for two talks—one on Writing, one on faith—and then to Chicago for a talk on the Search for Meaning. They are all, at core, the same—the decision on how we choose to live this one short, precious life. The decision to stop hitting the snooze button. The willingness not to be good at things right away, to be clueless but committed; to make more messes and mistakes in the interest of living with spaciousness and a sense of presence; to find out who we truly are, who we were born to be, and to learn to love that screwed up, disappointing, heartbreakingly dear self of ours.

~Anne Lamott, Facebook, 9/22/12

quote du jour ~williamson – we are at a place…

We are at a place where few of us can move forward without the help of another…. Now we must conceive new life from deep inside ourselves. For that to occur, we must be in relationship. To co-create life, we need each other…. The miracle of love draws us to each other…. We will become, in each other’s arms…a new humanity. We will conceive something new. We will grow wings of divine compassion and intelligence, and the entire world will change.

~Marianne Williamson

quote du jour ~tyson

Your journey has molded you for the greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.

~Asha Tyson

being carried ~mark nepo

The things that happen to us
are trying to have a conversation,
to make us stop or turn around.
The things that matter are waiting
for us to drop down after the first
conversation has relaxed our will.

Then they will shine their light
without warning like a doctor
into the back of our eyes and ask,
“How long have you avoided rest?”

If we answer truthfully, they will
introduce us to beauty who after
a time will make us cry and throw
our judgments into the sea.

~Mark Nepo, Three Intentions blog