When there’s a disappointment, I don’t know if it’s the end of the story.
It may just be the beginning of a great adventure.

-Pema Chödron

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Choose Love



Make all decisions from pure love and the world will change.

Love is often presented as the opposite of fear, but true love is not opposite anything. True love is far more powerful than any negative emotions, as it is the environment in which all things arise. Negative emotions are like sharks swimming in the ocean of love. All things beautiful and fearful, ugly and kind, powerful and small, come into existence, do their thing, and disappear within the context of this great ocean. At the same time, they are made of the very love in which they swim and can never be separated. We are made of this love and live our whole lives at one with it, whether we know it or not.

It is only the illusion that we are separate from this great love that causes us to believe that choosing anything other than love makes sense or is even possible. In the relative, dualistic world of positive and negative, darkness and light, male and female, we make choices and we learn from them. This is exactly what we are meant to be doing here on earth. Underlying these relative choices, though, is the choice to be conscious of what we are, which is love, or to be unconscious of it. When we choose to be conscious of it, we choose love. We will still exist in the relative world of opposites and choices and cause and effect, and we will need to make our way here, but doing so with an awareness that we are all made of this love will enable us to be more playful, more joyful, more loving and wise, as we make our way. Ultimately, the choices we make will shed light on the love that makes us all one, enabling those who have forgotten to return to the source.

This world makes it easy to forget this great love, which is part of why we are here. We are here to remember and, when we forget to remember again, to choose love.

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I know
It’s hard to be reconciled
Not everything is exactly
the way it ought to be

but please turn around
and step into the future
leave memories behind
enter the land of hope.

-Zbigniew herbert

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Bless those who challenge us for they
Remind us of doors we have closed
And doors we have yet to open.

-Native American Prayer

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To look out at you gives me enormous hope.  You look so competent, so strong, so young,

so committed, so ready to take on the future, difficult times and all.”

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Be strong, be brave let everything you do be done in love.
I Corinthians 16:13-

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The foundation of greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment, instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.

Eckhart Tolle

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The story of human

  intimacy is one of

   constantly allowing

    ourselves to see those

     we love most deeply in a

       new, more fractured light.

 Look Hard.

      Risk That.

          Cheryl Strayed

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From Helen Macdonald’s book H is for Hawk: “Being a novice is safe. When you are learning how to do something,

you do not have to worry about whether or not you are good at it. But when you have done something, have learned how to do it,

you are not safe anymore. Being an expert opens you up to judgement.”

Thanks to Gary Harris for sending this to the dailies!  Please feel free to send your favorite quotes!

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