“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t protect you either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Edrich, The Painted Drum
Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
“To strengthen the muscles of your heart, the best exercise is lifting someone else’s spirit whenever you can.” – Unknown
We all truly can’t actually exercise all the time. We can always make time to exercise our bodies but we might think that it’s too hard and time consuming to think about and actually exercise and strengthen our hearts. But, it doesn’t have to be hard and you don’t have to make it difficult. You can just do something simple to make their day better and it might earn you about 25 reps! (:
“But most beautiful are the woods with their line of birch trees. Their colour changes with every minute. Now the stems gleam purest white, and between them airy and silken, hangs the pastel-green of the leaves; the next moment all changes to an opalescent blue, as the shivering breezes pass down from the heights and touch the green lightly away; and again in one place it deepens almost to black as a cloud passes over the sun.”
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Harlem by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode? Read the rest of this entry »