“Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.” — Marc Hack
A friend sent me this quote yesterday, said that they thought of me when they read it. I, obviously, will take it as a compliment that anyone thinks of me when they read quotes. But this was different. I’m not sure how she knew I needed this right at the moment she sent it, but I did. I LOVE this quote! And I need to repeat it to myself DAILY! As simple as it sounds I think it’s one of the hardest things to do. Ultimately, I think we are all just too hard on ourselves, I know I am. We all have parts to us that are broken, but it doesn’t mean these parts aren’t just as lovable as the rest of us 🙂 Thank you, Lisa, for the quote, for the reminder and for always sharing with me!
“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.”
– St. Augustine
I’ve had this quote in my purse for a few weeks. I’m not sure why I hadn’t posted it to the blog yet, but maybe I just wasn’t ready. When I am introduced to a new quote I like to take the time to let it sink in. I have to write it in my quote book first. Something about taking something from paper to mind to pen to paper really helps me to take every word in. Then I have to walk around with it (literally) for a bit, reading it daily if not multiple times a day. After the past few weeks I’ve spent with this quote, I feel like it has become a part of me. I’ve made a conscious effort every day since I came across it to look in every mirror I pass. Not like girls do when they walk past store windows, but I REALLY look. I see more now. I see more than just a physical reflection, I see myself in a while new light. I am as wonderful as the height of the mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the long course of the rivers, the vast compass of the ocean and the circular motion of the stars. I am just as complex and just as beautiful, with so much to be discovered. Each of us is an individual wonder that we so often forget to realize our own complexity and beauty. We spend so much time, money and energy trying to find beauty and awe in everything around us, we travel miles and miles around this world looking for things to wonder at, that we forget to look in the mirror and walk right past ourselves, the most wonderful thing any of us have to wonder at. How unfortunate.
I plan to do this from now on. To wonder at myself first. Maybe it’s turning the new leaf of 30, maybe it’s turning the page from 2012 to 2013, I’m not sure. But my mind and soul feel so different, so much stronger and balanced.
“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves, that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”
– Tyler Knott Gregson
I absolutely love this quote! It’s just a reminder that you really only get one shot at this life, so why hold back on anything? We all spend so much time thinking about what we would like to do or to try that we forget to actually DO IT and TRY IT, whatever it may be! I forget how much I like to write, to be outside, to have ME time and this quote reminds to take time to do the things that I love more often, the things that I somehow forget to do.
What is your “swimming”?
“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
And with that…Happy New Year!!!