“I always think of empathy as this kind of sacred space,” Dr. Brené Brown says. “When someone’s in a deep hole, and they shout out from the bottom and say ‘hey, I’m stuck, it’s dark, I’m overwhelmed,’ we look and climb down, and say, ‘I know what it’s like down here, and you’re not alone.’”

“I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.”

–Sufi Proverb

“Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Knowing this gives me hope that human wholeness – mine, yours, ours – need not be a utopian dream, if we can use devastation as a seedbed for new life.”

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker Palmer

10 Important Reasons to Start Making Time for Silence, Rest and Solitude
by Thai Nguyen

“What’s typically seen as useless, daydreaming is now being seen as an essential experience … “

Read the full article.

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
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–Octavia Butler

By RON LIEBER

Extraordinary experiences bring great joy throughout life. No surprise there. But what the pair found again and again was that the older people got, the more happiness ordinary experiences delivered. In fact, the happiness-making potential of everyday pursuits eventually grows equal to that of ones that are rarer.

Read the full New York Times article here.

Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it. Along with their messages came pictures of how my kitchen could look, if I’d just put some effort and money into it…

But as I lay down to sleep, I remembered this passage from Thoreau’s Walden: “I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes and not a new wearer of the clothes.” Walden reminds me that when I feel lacking- I don’t need new things, I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have. So when I woke up this morning, I walked into my kitchen wearing fresh perspectacles. Here’s what I saw…

Read the full lovely gratitude post by Glennon here.

May Your Choices

Baldwin

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” –James Baldwin

Optimism without Empathy

“If we have optimism without empathy then it doesn’t matter how much we master the secrets of science. We’re not really solving problems, we’re just working on puzzles.” –Bill Gates

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