Oct 052016

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.

 October 5, 2016  Posted by  Happiness  Add comments

  13 Responses to “Some Days are Harder to Love”

  1. Your post is timely. So timely. I was just talking to a friend about all the negativity that spews forth from social media and the news and the talking heads. I feel a need to retreat into my “hole.” The place where I write poems or paint or crochet. Today I will flow through my day with ease and grace and LOVE. xxoo

  2. Great post — love the positive attitude. Sending you lots of love and support during your upcoming (unplanned) vacation. <3

  3. My personal favorite is: Do what you can, with what you have, from where you are … and celebrate it!

  4. Love these quotes. May they keep you safe from the storm.

  5. I too find that quotes that I stumble upon in my day serve me well- like little universal gifts. The key? Notice them and feel them. Wishing you easier days to love in the near future.

  6. LOVE the line, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness.” Sending you lots of love and light. <3

  7. Oh sister, I love this: going to thoughts that are better than the ones that are currently running around in your head. Nice! Sharing this. xoxox

  8. I just spent 3 1/2 days at a writing retreat (I got to finish the first draft of my book!!) and my writing was al about Love. I completely relate with this ,Andrea. Be safe.

  9. Love the quotes Andrea and Love makes the world go round just popped up, yes love is always the answer and gratitude for me is a powerful healer when life challenges us xx

  10. Wow Andrea you are speaking to my overwhelmed heart today! These are some of my favorite quotes on love and yes love is always the answer…gratitude helps me through these times and loving the challenge as an opportunity for transformation. Holding you close as the storm passes <3

  11. Be safe! Prayers streaming north to you from someone who knows about hurricane evacuations. xoxox

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