the extent that we honor all aspects of ourselves, we remove
self-hate, horror, and terror from our lives.As whole human beings we are
the creatures of the greatest complexity on this planet.Respect for this
complexity includes our insisting on acceptance of the
inconsistent and incongruous.
spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us,
embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves,
waiting for us to recognize it.God Himself is here awaiting
our response to His presence.This eternal world will come
alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.
must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.
is an Indian proverb or axiom that says that everyone is a house
with four rooms--a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a
Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless
we go into every room every day, even if only to keep
it aired, we are not a complete person.
How I feel about and behave toward myself is the
basic determinant of most of my behavior.If I improve my self-regard, I will find that dozens of
behaviors change automatically.If, for example, I increase my feelings of self-competence,
I will probably be less defensive, less angered by criticism, less
devastated if I do not get a raise, less anxious when I come to
work, better able to make decisions, and more able to appreciate
and praise other people. -Will Schultz
is no such thing as can’t, only won’t.
If you’re qualified, all it takes
is a burning desire to accomplish, to make
a change.Go forward, go backward.
Whatever it takes!But you can’t blame
other people or society in general.
It all comes from your mind.
When we do the impossible we
realize that we are special people.
It is never too late to be what
you might have
been. -George Eliot
Try not to become a person of success but rather
try to become a person of value.
do not know when I have had happier times in my soul, than when I
sitting at work, with nothing before me but a candle and a white
cloth, and hearing
no sound but that of my own breath, with God in my soul and heaven
in my eye . . . .
I rejoice in being exactly what I am,--a creature capable of
loving God, and who,
as long as God lives, must be happy.I get up and look for a while out the window,
and gaze at the moon and stars, the work of an Almighty hand.I think of the grandeur
of the universe, and then sit down, and think myself one of the
happiest beings in it.
-attributed to a poor 18th-century Methodist woman
to a point people’s lives are shaped by environment, heredity,
and movements and changes in the world about them; then there
comes a time when it lies within their grasp to shape the clay of
lives into the sort of thing they wish to be. . . . Everyone has
their power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow.
It is healthy to
accept myself as I am, to like myself, and to love myself. It is okay for me to accept a compliment or praise.
Because I am just as deserving
and worthy as anyone
else, I may treat myself as well as I treat others,
my own life, and enjoy my life. There is a
difference between being unselfish
and being a martyr or
a victim. There is a time for putting myself first
so that I may take care of myself and my needs.
belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves.
all external sources of happiness and pleasure are,
their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious,
ephemeral, and subject to chance.
Being bored is an insult to
oneself. -Jules Renard
Be yourself and think for yourself;
and while your conclusions may not be infallible,
will be nearer right than the conclusions forced upon you.
person who makes everything that leads to
depend upon him or herself,
and not upon other people,
adopted the very best plan for living
older I get, the more I realize the importance of
the various dimensions of my body, soul, mind,
and heart. Taken together,
these aspects give me a
sense of wholeness. I want to be a whole human
rather than one who limps on one leg because I don't
know how to use
all of my parts. Intellectual,
emotional, and physical activity are not
entities. Rather, they are dimensions of the same
human being. -Robert
to be true to yourself,
but you have to be true to your best self,
to the self that secretly thinks
you are better than other people. -Stephen
You've got to believe
deep inside yourself that you're destined
to do great things. -Joe Paterno
There's only one corner of the
you can be certain of improving,
and that's your
own self. -Aldous Huxley
you reread a classic you do
not see more in the book than
you see more in you
than there was before.
was always looking outside
myself for strength and
but it comes from
within. It is there all the time.
all have choices to make about the quality of our presence and
how we will affect those around us.The quality of our presence is
dependent not on what we can or cannot “do” but on the essence
of who we are and how we relate to others.Becoming the presence
we would like to be is an intentional work.It grows while
we make peace with ourselves and with life.
The holiest of holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart.
path of awakening is not about becoming
who you are. Rather it is about
unbecoming who you are not.
to appreciate your worth can, in some cases, dramatically improve
your circumstances by changing the choices you make and the
you take.And as you
begin to treat yourself with more respect,
other people begin to do the same, since we subconsciously
others how to treat us through messages we send through body
tone of voice, and other subtle cues and behaviors.Discovering your innate
worth and living from that place allows you to make more
constructive choices--to choose the higher roads of life.
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The gatha I often
take refuge in is, "Coming back to the island of
myself." When life seems like a turbulent ocean, we
have to remember we have an island of peace inside. Life has
ups and downs, coming and going, gain and loss. Dwelling in
the island of self, you are safe. -Thich
Nhat Hanh, How to Walk
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