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Monday, July 24, 2006

wisdom from the father


























"I imagine that a big part of your aching comes from hearing MANY voices inside: do this, do that; be true to yourself, be flexible; look at the larger picture, add up the details; don't compromise your independence, don't undervalue your connectedness; step back, step forward; push, relax; hold your breath, breathe....

Whatever the voices say, it's not about an incapacity to love...it's more about mechanics - negotiating differences to avoid unnecessary conflict, and negotiating conflicts so as not to exacerbate differences...what you are creating - and searching for at the same time - is worth the struggle, no matter the outcome. Happiness, I'm convinced, is ultimately a product of bravery."

7 comments:

C~ said...

wow!

snowsparkle said...

bravery... this man's daughter has it in abundance. his words left me feeling both comforted and exhorted to be more of what i could be. thank you for the gift of this wisdom.

MB said...

Thank you for sharing this.

GoGo said...

Thank you. I absolutely needed to hear this today. What wisdom and beauty.

Cecilia said...

"...Happiness, I'm convinced, is ultimately a product of bravery." This sums up everything that one can say to a person who's suffering from confusion on how to move forward in the simplest and most understandable way.

Thank you for, indeed, sharing this experience with all of us.

Megan said...

wisdom, indeed.

my dad says things like, "yeah, I've been through that. It sucks, and you feel all alone."

He's got his share of wisdom but doesn't know how to express it...

Anonymous said...

thankyou.its like those words summed up my soul and reassured me of everything i am.thank you