“To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything; the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference. If we do not respect ourselves…we are peculiarly in thrall to everyone we see, curiously determined to live out- since our self-image is untenable- their false notions of us. We flatter ourselves by thinking this compulsion to please others an attractive trait: a gist for imaginative empathy, evidence of our willingness to give….at the mercy of those we cannot but hold in contempt, we play roles doomed to failure before they are begun.”
DON’T DWELL. Stop thinking in terms of “should have” “could have” or “it would have been better if” - You are where you are! You cannot change what was in the past. Why focus on something you cannot possibly do anything about? What you can do, however, is change your present. It’s here, where you are. This is it. Life is now. Change your life situation by being compassionate, by staying positive, by forgiving, by focusing on love and light and space and gratitude and abundance and happiness. I’ll say it again, what you direct your energy towards, you attract more of. Meditate on the magical, breathtaking beauty of the world and soon that MAGIC will be part of your everyday life.
“And I am jealous
of your tattoos and how long
they will stay with you
after I go.”
“Will you love me in December as you do in May?”
“You must understand the whole of life. Not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read. That is why you must look at the skies. That is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand,
For all that, is life.”
“I don’t know why I’m joking; actually, I feel miserable.”