ANTIDOTE TO ENVY

 

"Everybody is unique. Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil God's curriculum."

-- Baal Shem Tov

NO PAIN, NO GAIN

"Most people have come to prefer certain of life's experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain or even ugly paper."

-- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

 

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BE NOT AFRAID

"Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear."

-- Ambrose Redmoon

TRUSTING GOD

"You never know God is all you need until God is all you got."

-- Rick Warren

LEFT TO TELL

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

-- Corrie ten Boom, who was instrumental in helping many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust

FAMILY FURNACE

"Family is not the place where everything goes well, but it is the place where we live through the furnace of life and are transformed by our day-to-day relationships."

-- Rebecca Laird, author, ordained minister

TAMING OUR RESTLESSNESS

"Peace and joy can only come to us when we stop demanding that life -- our spouses, our friends, our vocations and vacations -- give us something that they cannot give."

-- Ron Rolheiser

DON'T ASK WHY, ASK HOW

 

"Pray not for easier lives; pray to be stronger men."

-- John F. Kennedy

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COMPASSION

"The best wines have to be aged in cracked old barrels.  And so too does the human soul, which comes to compassion only when there are real cracks, painful ones, in the body and life of the one who carries it." 

-- James Hillman

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FELLOWSHIP OF PAIN

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes our deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light."

-- Albert Schweitzer