- Posted by jdavis on June 10, 2011
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
-Fr. Alfred D’Souza
For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits. When things are not going well, when I’m grumpy or mad, I’ll realize that I’ve not been paying attention to my soul and I’ve not been following my best routine.
-Robert Fulghum, essayist
When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!
-Rabbi Harold Kushner
I think we would be able to live in this world more peaceably if our spirituality were to come from looking not just into infinity but very closely at the world around us and appreciating its depth and divinity.
-Thomas Moore, PhD
Every day is my best day; this is my life; I’m not going to have this moment again.
-Bernie Siegel, MD
Some tension is necessary for the soul to grow, and we can put that tension to good use. We can look for every opportunity to give and receive love, to appreciate nature, to heal our wounds and the wounds of others, to forgive, and to serve.
-Joan Borysenko, PhD
You know of the disease in Central Africa called sleeping sickness…. There also exists a sleeping sickness of the soul. Its most dangerous aspect is that one is unaware of its coming. That is why you have to be careful. As soon as you notice the slightest sign of indifference, the moment you become aware of the loss of a certain seriousness, of longing, of enthusiasm and zest, take it as a warning. You should realize your soul suffers if you live superficially.
Even when our life is most difficult, it is important to remember that something within us is keeping us alive the life force that lifts us, energizes us, pulls us back sometimes from the abyss of despair. True spirituality does not exist without love of life.
-Nathaniel Branden, PhD
Often it is at our lowest points in life that we learn the most. We say, “God, this is too much. Life has disappointed me beyond all belief.”…. Those low moments are the magical moments. They are the beginning stages of our journey.
-Melody Beattie, author
We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of his freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
-Viktor E. Frankel, survivor
Getting in touch wit one’s soul means going through one’s own struggle and despair and also realizing that it is working through those wounds that helps unite you with other people.
-Linda Leonard, PhD
If we could see that everything, even tragedy, is a gift in disguise, we would then find the best way to nourish the soul.
-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD
Remember: Forgiveness is a gift that you can give anyone the dead, the dangerous, or even The Big Creep at any time, without strings. And such a gift may be the healthiest thing you can do for yourself. Reconciliation, however, is not always possible or even desirable. For example, you can forgive someone who has battered you, but your safety requires that you keep away. Or you may forgive a compulsive gambler, but never loan him money. So forgiveness is always a good first step, but the next step, reconciliation, takes careful consideration because it takes two.
Do what is right not only to respectable citizens, but especially to the disrespectable ones as well; be at peace not only with those who are peaceable, but especially with those who do not wish to let us live in peace.
Forgiveness a gift you can give anyone, especially yourself.
Choosing happiness/joy over righteousness: Righteousness means remembering every time someone hurts or disappoints us, and never letting them forget it. Happiness means giving people the right to be human, to be weak and selfish and occasionally forgetful and realizing that we have no alternative to living with imperfect people.
-Rabbi Harold Kushner, How Good Do We Have to Be?
The only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness.
-Theologian William Orr
Every moment comes to you pregnant with divine purpose…. Once it leaves your hands and your power to do with it as you please, it plunges into eternity to remain forever what you made it.
-Bishop Fulton J. Sheen