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poetry, quotes & thoughts about life

removing the shell  

There are no manuals for the construction of the individual you would like to become. You are the only one who can decide this and take up the lifetime of work that it demands. This is a wonderful privilege and such an exciting adventure. To grow into the person that your deepest longing desires is a great blessing. If you can find a creative harmony between your soul and your life, you will have found something infinitely precious. You may not be able to do much about the great problems of the world or to change the situation you are in, but if you can awaken the eternal beauty and light of your soul, you will bring light wherever you go. The gift of life is given to us for ourselves and also to bring peace, courage, and compassion to others.  


John O’Donohue


The Beloved can think of nothing more beautiful

          than her children running toward her

so she stands a bit away

          so we will come to her,

but she is not waiting in faraway places:

          no, it is in people whom we least suspect.

When we look at the stranger ―

          Ah! There she is. 
Then she gives that gift 

          to us for our own delight.

The Beloved has hidden us

          in one another,

waiting for us to see

          and come together in astonishment.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Unfolding Light

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