Statement: Personal growth is important because it makes us more flexible, more understanding, and better prepared for the future and it also enriches the lives of those around us. Whether abrasive or gentle, trust the cleansing process as well we know that where there is smoke there is fire, where there is fire there is light, where there is light there is an enlightenment of the soul. "The soul which cannot endure fire and smoke won't find the secret." Rumi
Statement: The Japanese philosophy on wabi-sabi, which is the beauty of things imperfect, has a place in our psychology. The relentless pursuit of perfection — in possessions, relationships, achievements – often fosters hasty judgments. This is where wabi-sabi invites a pause. It opens space for acceptance and forgiveness, for mindfulness, for seeing the beauty of things flawed, including ourselves and our fellow human beings.
Statement: Note to future self, we are avoiding the naysayers and skeptics now, and even though it feels lonely at times, one day, you will thank me. In the meantime let go of the fear of what others might say and reach for the stars. You have been given the sky, don’t be afraid of the obstacles. The world is waiting for you.
Statement: "People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle." Nhat Hanh.