Speak Life

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Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am determined to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I will not spread news that I do not know to be certain and will not criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or words that can cause the family or the community to break.
Thich Nhat Hanh

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How Do You Perceive Yourself?

The Lilac Road Blog Damaris Goddrie by Walter Perre for Vogue Netherlands September 2019

Our self-perception determines our behavior. If we think we’re small, limited, inadequate creatures, then we tend to behave that way, and the energy we radiate reflects those thoughts no matter what we do. If we think we’re magnificent creatures with an infinite abundance of love and power to give, then we tend to behave that way.
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

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It’s Going To Work Out

The Lilac Road Blog Illustration Drawing St-Pam Untitled 2019
Pencil And Gouache

So you dated the wrong person and learned a hard lesson. You chose the wrong major and had to start over again. You cherished a friend who backstabbed you. It sucks, but it’s also going to work out. That’s life; you learn, hurt, love, cry, laugh, and keep going. You experience setbacks and you grow and it’s all okay.
Sunflorally

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Disconnect To Reconnect

The Lilac Road Blog Illustration Woman Splashing Face With Water Forest Memories Celia Jacobs

I sometimes feel like my head is a computer with too many windows open. Too much clutter on the desktop. There is a metaphorical spinning rainbow wheel inside me. Disabling me. And if only I could find a way to switch off some of the frames, if only I could drag some of the clutter into the trash, then I would be fine. But which frame would I choose, when they all seem so essential? How can I stop my mind being overloaded when the world is overloaded? We can think about anything. And so it makes sense that we end up thinking about everything. We might have to, sometimes, be brave enough to switch the screens off in order to switch ourselves back on. To disconnect in order to reconnect.
Matt Haig, Notes on a Nervous Planet

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