“Realization of the day: grief is the empty space left in the footprint of love. The deeper the love, the deeper the footprint, and the bigger the space left behind. I love a lot. So I feel a lot. Grief is the pain of the love that once was and still is and always will be. So maybe somewhere in all of this, one day, I will be grateful for this pain. Today I’m just grateful for my feet. They take me places and I have sparkly things on my toes and that’s something!” -Rachel Brathen

“Fear does not promote learning. It warps us. It stunts us. It makes us neurotic. And by the time we were teenagers, most of us were severely cracked.  Our love, our hearts, our real “self” were constantly invalidated by people who didn’t love us and by people who did. In the absence of love, we began slowly but surely to fall apart.” -A RETURN TO LOVE, Marianne Williamson 

“Whenever you feel inadequate, pray to be of service. When you’re in an energy of service your ego melts away. #spiritjunkie” Gabrielle Bernstein

“I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.”  Anne Rice

“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.” -The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“I think, Have I given up anything by living with another person? Has there been a trade-off? Always, there is a trade-off. And the answer comes to me instantly. I have given up a certain degree of freedom. The ability to plow through my life with utter disregard for the thoughts and feelings of other people. I can no longer read a magazine and throw it on the floor. In exchange, I get unlimited access to the one person I have met in my life whom I automatically felt was out of my league. My favorite human being, the single person I cherish above all others. This is the person I get to share the oxygen in the room with. And for this, I will happily scrub the toilet. And I won’t make fun of anybody who drives an SUV. Unless, of course, they really deserve it. And I’ll try to let things happen. Not always feel like I have to control everything. With the exception of those things I can control, that is, with my mind.” -Augusten Burroughs, MAGICAL THINKING

“I’m going to take all this negativity and use it for fuel to find the silver lining.” -Silver Linings Playbook

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