Favorite Bits of Random Wisdom

There is a treasure trove of wonderful writing that can be found on the internet these days. Some of it is too good to just enjoy and move on. Therefore, I will use this post to share the latest ones I find most profound, touching, clever, and/or thought-provoking:

1) My brother told me a joke, I laughed to tears. He told me the same joke again and I laughed but not as hard. He kept repeating the joke and I stopped laughing. He said, “If you can’t laugh at the same joke over and over again, why do you keep crying over people who hurt you over and over again?

2) Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t 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 Erdrich)

3) I love, because my love is not dependent on the object of love. My love is dependent on my state of being. So whether the other person changes, becomes different, friend turns into a foe, does not matter, because my love was never dependent on the other person. My love is my state of being. I simply love.

4) Hurt people hurt people. That’s how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.
(Yehuda Berg)

5) There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
(Carl G. Jung)

6) Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

7) In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

8) Beware of Destination Addiction – a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.

9) The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.
(Gloria Steinem)

That last one has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. I like the mixture of serious truth and biting humor. Do any of these resonate with you? Trigger annoyance maybe? Make you laugh? Let me know… and if there are any more bits of awesome writing that you particularly like, I’d love for you to share on my Facebook page…

Oh, and Hoppy Easter & Pleasant Passover!

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