Choose Hope Over Worry

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“Hope is not aimless positive thinking that grins when everyone else is grieving. It’s a confident expectation that there are answers.”

Don Miller, Editor, Santa Cruz Sentinel

By the laws of nature we know that the vast majority of caterpillars entering into the depth of the cocoon emerge in beauty. There is an answer in the darkness.

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Uncondition

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Did we ever stop to realize that it’s impossible to feel unconditional love for any single person until we can feel it for every single person?

After all, what differentiates them, except conditions?

Post courtesy of A Note From The Universe (TUT)

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The Day Breaks

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Pictured: Rare Snowflake Flower

Letter to a Friend

I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep.

There is nothing I can give you which you have not got; but there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No Heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see; and to see, we have only to look.

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the Angel’s hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty: believe me, that angel’s hand is there; the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing Presence. Our joys, too: be not content with them as joys, they too conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and of purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering that you will find that earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage, then to claim it: that is all! But courage you have; and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country, home.

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you; not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem, and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.

 Fra Giovanni                 Christmas Eve 1513

Constellations

 

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“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and the future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”

~Anais Nin