“ It’s said it takes seven years
to grow completely new skin cells.
To think, this year I will grow
into a body you never will
have touched. ”
“ One of the hardest lessons I had to learn was that I was going to need a lot of help, and for a long time. (Even this morning.) What saved me was that I found gentle, loyal, and hilarious companions, which is at the heart of meaning: maybe we don’t find a lot of answers to life’s tougher questions, but if we find a few true friends, that’s even better. They help you see who you truly are, which is not always the loveliest possible version of yourself, but then comes the greatest miracle of all — they still love you. ”
“ We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary ”
Pope Benedict XVI (via ferventprayers)
Franz Kafka, the story goes, encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate.
Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met.
"Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures." This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.
When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll. An attached letter explained: “my travels have changed me… “
Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll. In summary it said: “every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”
…There are many versions of the story of Kafka and the doll. I heard this one from Tara Brach, psychologist and Buddhist meditation teacher in Washington D.C.
…For me there are two wise lessons in this story: Grief and loss are ubiquitous even for a young child. And the way toward healing is to look for how love comes back in another form.”
“ Got a heart like Indiana
laugh like Louisiana
take me down to Alabama
show me some of that laid back vibe
kissing while we’re fishing in the moonlight…
Shine like California
high like an Arizona noontime, baby when you’re all mine
Anywhere, any place I go
You feel like home to me ”
“ This is the first day of the rest of your life.
Because even in the dark you can still see the light.
It’s gonna be alright. ”
Matt Maher, “Hold Us Together” (via onesmallinstrument)
“ I am so glad that God never gave up pursuing me. I’m so thankful that no matter how many times I neglected His voice, He never stopped calling. Because if he did, I don’t know where would I be now. ”
“ Those who stop concentrating on how unhappy they are find that their happiness is growing. You must lose yourself to find yourself. ”
“ Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as an escape. ”