The theme of today's blog duet is feelings and healing.
Once a book came into the library titled Ceilings and a guy started singing: "Ceilings, whoah whoah whoah ceilings" riffing on the song lyrics.
Right now I'm not amused.
Nelson Mandela got it right: "There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."
This all-time great also believed [and I've quoted this a million times]: "As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
Why are flashlights in such short supply in the world?
When did it become acceptable to treat each other like big fat zeroes?
This is not. How human beings. Should act.
My second book is 156 pages now and I quote Nelson Mandela in one chapter.
In it I talk about a lesson I learned: about owning your feelings and recognizing them as true. You are entitled to your feelings. Nobody has the right to trample on you.
Sometimes: you need to make a graceful exit from a relationship that isn't working.
I walked away from a woman because of what happened to me when the Stelazine lost its effectiveness. How I see it: I could have been a better friend to her. I'm wise enough to know that should I be so presumptuous to think I could bop back into her life she might not want to let me in again. How could I be certain things would be different?
So you move on as we all do and you make your peace.
I have the confidence that I have not ever treated another person like a rook.
We should all have a flashlight equipped with working batteries and replace them when the light dies out.
The relationship you have with yourself deserves to be kind and generous as well.
The sad reality is I'm preaching to the choir here and I sing off-key.
This is also the truth: if you expect great things from a person he will rise up to meet your expectations.
You can get a flashlight real cheap: it's called a smile.
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