Words to live by #62

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“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired.

Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.

Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.

Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.

Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see.

Frolick, even when you are made fun of.

Kiss, even when others are watching.

Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring.

Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more.

And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart.

Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now.

And without your experience – you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric.

What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day.

So don’t live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”

 Alysha Speer

Words to live by #61

e83f8f0adc87e217cadef4d317ed980f“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” 

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Words to live by #60

539588efeb71cf70e81ce8f15d2d1d7c“Don’t try to understand life. Live it! Don’t try to understand love. Move into love. Then you will know – and all that knowing will come out of your experiencing. The more you know, the more you know that much remains to be known.” 

– Osho, Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously

Words to live by #59

tumblr_lsryhjBJIq1qgjhhro1_500“She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That’s life. It hurts, it’s dirty, and it feels very, very good.”

– Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind