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