Happy New Year.

large“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” 

– C. JoyBell C.

Love is a verb.

large“Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior. If a man lies to you, he is behaving badly and unlovingly toward you. He is disrespecting you and your relationship. The words “I love you” are not enough to make up for that. Don’t kid yourself that they are.” 

– Susan Forward, When Your Lover Is a Liar: Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal

So this is Christmas…

beautiful_christmas_tree-wide1“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

– Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Words to live by #73

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“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”

– Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Distance.

5d186eccb489596137fe4a461b8fb1e7“I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure any circumstance and reach across any distance.” 

– Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Love.

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 
– Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom