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Be a saint

At this point you may be saying to yourself,”Come on, what are you trying to be, a saint?” Well, yes. I do want to be a saint. I have had the privilege of meeting a few souls in this world who have mastered being human — who are saintly — and I have watched them in action. It really looks good to me. I observe that these people are first and foremost themselves, their personalities fully open and exalted like a summer rose. I once took a heartfelt problem of mine to such a person, who was surrounded by hundreds of people at the time. But she acted as if there were no one else in the room. Nothing was more important to her in that moment but serving my need as I understood it. This moment of total loving attention was like a healing balm for me.

— Mary Hayes Grieco, Be a Light, p. 122

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Brilliant

We ask ourselves, who am I

to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

— Marianne Williamson

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God inside

Kabir says: Listen, friend!

My beloved Master lives inside.

— from Mary Hayes Grieco, Be a Light, p. 51

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The path

Great Doubt

Who am I?

Why am I here?

What’s the point?

Why me?

How do I get out of this?

Great Faith

I’m here for a reason

I trust that I can learn and grow

I trust that other people are worth the struggle

I know that every situation is workable

Great Determination

I’m willing to keep going

I choose to stay

I surrender to what is

— Margaret Wheatley, Perseverance, p. 127

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Keep on going

So let us plant dates, even though

we who plant them will never eat them.

We must live by the love

of what we will never see.

This is the secret of discipline.

— Rubem Alvez, Brazilian theologian

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What is it about us humans that we think we need to control everything? …What would it feel like to surrender to the rhythms and dynamics of life? What would it feel like to realize that we don’t really have a choice here — we can either participate with life, or resist it and drive ourselves to exhaustion and failure. …

Surrendering to life offers some wonderful realizations. We learn we’re capable of being in this dance, of working with whatever happens. We learn to trust ourselves and then others and, gradually, we learn that life itself can be trusted.

The grace of surrender offers us the awareness that life is on our side, that life is our partner. Whatever may be happening in our private worlds, inside the noise and disturbance, a lovely realization dawns.

Life wants us here.

— Margaret J. Wheatley, Perseverance, p. 117

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Wanting to forgive

I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t too many people who actually want to forgive someone who’s really hurt them, but we do want to feel better. It’s kind of like having a toothache and recognizing the need for dental work. You don’t want to go to the dentist and feel more pain for an hour, so you stay in denial for a while. But the pain persists, and you know that you’ll feel better if you do something about it. So you muster the discipline to make the appointment, go through the experience, and get the job done. In the same way, we often put off naming the fact that we need to forgive someone, because then we have to do it!

— Mary Hayes Grieco, Be a Light, p. 151

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