Being alone in the unknown is never comfortable, and discomfort does things to us that ease and routine cannot. It pushes our buttons, forces us to confront ugly things we’d rather ignore, and teaches us about beauty and truth.
When you start to identify yourself as someone less than who you are is when you need to walk away. When manipulation becomes more harmful than harmless is when you need to stand up.
You will never love or hate someone, as much as you can love or hate yourself.
Vulnerability with another human being is the scariest and bravest thing we will ever do. It is also one of the quickest paths to enlightenment because it will bring up all your sh*t. It will bring up all your sh*t and then bring up some more.
We sometimes perceive asking for help as a sign of weakness, when it fact it’s the complete opposite. Asking for help is a sign of wanting to improve yourself and being wise enough to know you can’t always do it alone.
My advice to you is this, forget the naysayers and the doubters. Don’t fear the “what if they…” “what will they…” because it doesn’t matter. Every day that you open your eyes is a gift of another chance, a gift that not everyone is fortunate to receive.
You can’t punish yourself forever for your mistakes. You shouldn’t punish yourself forever for your mistakes, so quit beating yourself up for what you could have done better.
It’s strange how we think that we can find ourselves. As if the essence of our beings could fit into words of familiar languages. The truth is that we are as vast as our untapped potential, as big as the sun and stars, and as wild as the universal spirit of life.
Like I often have to remind myself, it is okay to say no, put yourself first, and take time for yourself. Whatever self-care means to you, do it.
Rather than being a victim of the other’s behavior, you have taken emotional responsibility for yourself.