“To me, Hell isn’t a place; it’s a state of mind. It is a psychological self-imprisonment in which fear is the warden. It is a result of not living in alignment with your goals, dreams, and purpose. It is to find yourself in the endless emotional agony of, “What if?”—Steve Maraboli (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)
“Be aware of those moments when the walls come up around your heart. It is a dangerous time. You close off from love. You close off from support. You close off from connection. It is in the moments where we most want to close off that we must open. We must do the opposite of what fear is telling us. We must resist the need to self-protect and instead make ourselves more vulnerable than ever. Keep opening. Keep sharing. Keep asking for help. Keep showing up, no matter what. We are all in this together. You don’t have to do it alone.”—Connie Chapman (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)
“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep… feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.”—
I believe at the end of the day all people really want is to know someone sees them, loves them, accepts them, and will stay by their side through the joy and the agony of being alive.
People want to love and be loved. They want to know that in this gigantic world they have a safe place. They want to be missed, needed, wanted, and chosen.
We were made from love, to love, and be loved. We were created for relationships, community, and to find our homes in each other.
We need to forget everything else and remember, we were created for one another and life isn’t meant to be lived alone. We need to treat each other with more tenderness. We need to see that every single person is valuable and precious. We need to stop being crappy to one another.
If we could only see that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard. Everyone has a book of life that they want to share with people. Everyone is starving for love and to feel visible. Instead of being so greedy, maybe today we could love each other more.
Maybe we could take the time to listen to the unspoken hopes we each carry. Maybe today could be the day when you made someone smile again. Maybe today could be the day when you decided hate is too much of a burden to carry, and choose love instead.
“Every so often in life, you randomly cross paths with someone that touches you in a way that you really can’t explain, but somehow you know that you will never be the same again. A person that is unknowingly, so incredibly beautiful, both inside and out, that they take your breath away.”—Erin Noelle, Metamorphosis (via quoted-books)