“Playing with kittens makes you instantly forget about loneliness.”
Those two pieces of advice have shaped my career as a writer and a producer of books for other people.
At its core, it’s a progress killer. Anything that you’ve ever wanted to do? Forget it. Any progress you’ve wanted to make? Not a chance. It will stop you in your tracks and send you running before you’ve ever had a chance to savor your curiosities.
Never completely let things go, hold them hovering above your sacred soul to teach, to forgive, and to honor what you have so bravely conquered. This is how it works – this is how we grow.
I am done apologizing for my anxiety and depression — they are part of me. And because of them I have been forced to be okay with me, myself, and I. Alone in this mad world of unexpected panic and feeling as if I’m literally going to die, or finding a dark room more pleasant than the sun.
Try it: in a moment of loneliness, exhale, sit back, and stop fighting.
It’s just another state, not utopia.
Demanding that life be better than how it is now is not only in your highest service, it’s in everyone’s.
“It ain’t no use putting up your umbrella till it rains!” —Alice Caldwell Rice
I tried to be normal and I failed. Believe me, I wish I could succeed at being normal.