“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your
house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow
leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can
grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots
hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your
heart, far better things will take their place.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi
If you feel stuck, there are possibilities you are not seeing. Though it may not be obvious or easy, there is a realistic and accessible way forward.
If you feel stuck, it’s likely that the things you fear are obscuring the things you love. Progress begins with sincere, grateful focus on who and what you truly love.
Life improves dramatically when you begin to give and to live in the service of what’s most meaningful to you. Think of what you can joyfully give to life, and with that thought you are suddenly facing in a new, positive direction.
Keep in mind that happiness is a choice you can make regardless of your circumstances. Choose to be happy, and then express that happiness with your actions.
Give yourself a good enough reason to move forward, and you will. Somewhere, within your beautiful capacity to love, is a powerful reason that’s plenty good enough.
Instead of feeling stuck, feel love. Give life to that love, and you won’t be stuck any longer.
“Pain is a pesky part of being human, I’ve learned it feels like a stab
wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our
lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can’t be escaped. But then I have
also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness,
and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart.
But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are
spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings
growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will
give us that wind against our faces.”
“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you
begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any
resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to
discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much
“… the effort to discover an authentic self, to strip away layers of
alienation and culturally imposed identity and find a soul in a clear,
unimpeded communion with the sacred is consonant with spiritual quests
throughout the ages. Spiritual feminists, no less than medieval mystics,
are searching in the ways made available to them through their culture
to separate themselves from everything in their hearts and minds that
puts them at odds with the divine plan (and therefore with their own
best interests), and to find a true harmony between themselves and the
~ Cynthia Eller
Original Acrylic Painting by Tomasz Alen Kopera ~ George RedHawk animation
You have a masterpiece inside you, you know. One unlike any that has ever been created, or ever will be. If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.
There is the kiss of welcome and of parting, the long, lingering,
loving, present one; the stolen, or the mutual one; the kiss of love, of
joy, and of sorrow; the seal of promise and receipt of fulfillment.
~ Thomas C. Haliburton
Artist Adam Martinakis ~ George RedHawk animation