Celebrate the Difficult Moments

When we come from ego, we sit in constant judgment of others; and more often than not, we find them wanting—often with good cause. We must remind ourselves that poor behavior is a cry for love.

The child who acts unlovable is the child who most needs to be loved.
Cathy Rindner Tempelsman

You will not learn how to choose love in every moment until you confront the unlovable.

Love means to love that which is unlovable. Otherwise it is no virtue at all.
G. K. Chesterton

Judgment turns to rage when we feel attacked or victimized. At such times, choosing love over anger seems unthinkable. But choose it we must. Respond to negativity in kind and you are turning away from God and rejecting the joy and peace that could heal you both. Instead, the battle escalates and both parties become casualties.

In this world, hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate.

Celebrate the difficult moments, for they are where the missing pieces of your greatness can be found.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama


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6 Responses to “Celebrate the Difficult Moments”

  1. almarose Says:

    “Celebrate the difficult moments, for they are where the missing pieces of your greatness can be found.” I’ve known this, but I like it really well from this angle. Beautifully rendered….

    “Not forgiving is like drinking cat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” — Anne Lamott … AND “Be kind, and breathe, and take a walk.”

    (I disagree with her on just about every moral and political issue, but, OH, the woman can write and disclose herself so artistically.)

    My favorite, which is where I can see it from the commode:
    “Grace means you’re in a different universe from where you had been stuck, when you had no way to get there on your own.”

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Perhaps Anna Lamott was only paraphrasing this quote I’m familiar with, almarose:

    Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
    Malachy McCourt

    It’s one of my favorites!

  3. mel Says:

    It is really difficult to choose love over hate. This I learned from personal experience. But thankfully through God’s help I learned to overcome hatred and accept that sometimes there are really no happy endings. If it is so, Earth would become heaven and in Heaven there are no things to fought for and overcome anymore. I also found out why Cupid’s arrow is pointed. It means although you would feel bliss when you fell in love, it wouldn’t be forever because you would have to make painful sacrifices as you go through life. This is why I can relate to the saying “Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a teardrop.” Sometimes we got lucky and blessed we get to shed tears of happiness but oftentimes we get to cry because of anguish.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    There is much wisdom in your words, mel. I suspect you are even wiser than you believe yourself to be.

  5. mel Says:

    Thanks Phil for thinking I’m wise.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Just stating the obvious, mel!

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