Did you ever have “one of those weeks?” Home repairs, hurricanes, health… and don’t get me started on politics. Yikes! Some days are just harder to love than others, aren’t they? Yet, no matter the challenge, my best teachers have always found a way to let me know: no matter what we’re looking at, there’s always one answer that’s better than the rest. Yup. No matter what the question? Love is the answer. Gratitude is a close second.
So I’m off to appreciate the progress we have on home repairs. (They are better than where we started and will never really be done, will they?) I’m packing “go” bags and, with the beloveds, headed for higher ground. (I’m trying to look at it as a little vacation.) And, heck, most of us could benefit from tweaking some of our personal health habits, couldn’t we? It’s time to start viewing these changes as a privilege rather than a burden.
One of the things I do when I need an attitude adjustment is to read thoughts that are better than the ones I’m having. Here are a few that I’m using today…. and, of course, I’d love to see yours in the comments.
[Tweet “Darkness cannot drive out darkness…”]
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.,
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”― Elie Wiesel
[Tweet ” No reason is needed for loving.”]
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”― Paulo Coelho
“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow–this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”– Elizabeth Gilbert
[Tweet “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles…”]
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”– Maya Angelou
In a related note, Andrea Patten managed to love her inner editor for long enough to publish The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head a little book full of big ideas about how — and why — you can learn to love “that voice.” The Inner Critic Advantage is now available on Amazon.