Posts tagged ‘openness’

March 14, 2014

Lessons from a Russian doctor: Life, too, is only an instant

The following quote is from the poem “Wedding” at the end of Boris Pasternak’s novel Doctor Zhivago:

For life, too, is only an instant,
Only the dissolving of ourselves
In the selves of all others
As if bestowing a gift.

I often comment on the importance of maintaining your sense of individuality in life — of standing up for what you believe in, of honouring and acting on your life dreams and gut instincts above all else. This quote reminds us that it is also important to open ourselves to the people around us, to trust the process of social interaction, to knock down any walls built on fear and embrace the friendships, relationships, attachments waiting on the other side.

And it reminds us that life is indeed short. We are each of us just a moment in time, just a small part of the history of humanity and of the earth. Soon, that moment — your moment — will be gone. So live it while it’s here, and live it fully, as if you were a gift to the world. Because you are a gift to the world.

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December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays

The best gift you can give is

the gift of your time;

the gift of an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on;

the gift of an open heart.

Merry Christmas.

April 9, 2013

What do you need right now?

Another beautiful passage from Kelly Winters’ book Walking Home:  A Woman’s Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail:

What do I need now?  I wonder.  To live and feel and sense deeply, to fill up on experiences and emotions and events, to be open to newness and to people, to lose any masks I wear, to lighten my load — physically, emotionally and spiritually — to laugh, to sing, to commune.

An excellent set of guideposts by which set life’s compass, don’t you think?

March 24, 2013

Love the shadow to love the light

A bit of wisdom from my bag of Yogi Tea:

Love what is ahead by loving what has come before.

To me, this quote suggests that a key to living with contentment — both now and in the future — is the ability to acknowledge and accept all that has happened to you in the past — both the good moments and the bad ones.  “Love what has come before,” even if what has come before is nasty or painful or seems impossible to love.

If your past is anything like mine, it’s no rose garden.  Granted, there have been wonderful moments — plenty of them — but I’ve also experienced difficult and tumultuous times, stormy times filled with hurt and loss, times that have tripped me up, beaten me down and left a few scars to prove it.

Yet if I can learn to love those dark moments as much as I do the light — if I can make peace with them instead of trying to erase them from memory; if I can resolve past hurts and injustices inside myself and then let them go; if I can acknowledge and accept every bit of my past as a vital and worthy part of the person I am now — then I can enter my future with a free and open heart.  I can walk forward unburdened, alive to what is happening around me.  And I can welcome what will come with grace and compassion.

I’m willing to give it a try.  You?

February 8, 2013

Open wide and travel well

I like this quote from Marcel Proust:

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

There is so much to discover right where you are — today, tomorrow, in this moment.  Open your eyes wide and travel well.

January 11, 2013

Open spaces, open hearts

A wonderful quote from photographer and documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos:

There is no box around an open heart.

 ♡

November 1, 2012

November challenge: Compliment a stranger

This month, I challenge you to walk up to a complete stranger and offer them a genuine compliment.  Anything goes:  maybe you like their haircut, their jacket, or their glasses; think they drive a cool car; admire their well-kept yard or garden; or are impressed by their prowess in an athletic or artistic pursuit.  Offer your complement honestly and with a smile.  Then see what happens.

I guarantee that this simple action will elevate and empower two people — the recipient and you.  It’s a win-win situation, and something we could all do a little more often in our day-to-day routines.

🙂