July 25

Reflection

What if the question is not why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I am? How would this change what you think you have to learn? What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying but by recognizing and receiving the people and places and practices that offer us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold? How would this shape the choices you make about how to spend today?
From  WOMAN PRAYERS, ed. by Mary Ford-Grabowsky

 Prayer

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139

Action

Reflect on the questions above. Where do they lead you?

Suggested Reading

But who are you to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”
Romans 9:12

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:17

Real love is being open to the love that comes to you. The love that surprises us.
Pope Francis

 

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
Dalai Lama XIV

 To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
Thich Nhat Hanh

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.
Mark Twain

 Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.
Kurt Cobain

Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.
Heath L. Buckmaster

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
C.G. Jung

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
E.E. Cummings

It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always.
Henry David Thoreau

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Malcolm S. Forbes

Your problem is you’re too busy holding onto your unworthiness.
Ram Dass

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

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