"It's not a bad thing really. Pain demands to be felt. And it's an honor that life has no desire to take it easy on us.... There's only one way to grow into a revolutionary kind of person. The day that we can see our hands in that change... That's when things will really start getting better." My loves offer some of the best words of encouragement I could ask for. 💌 #gratefuleverydamnday #sunsetchaser
Missing my NongQ so much. 💛 This mischievous little one stole my heart e v e r y s i n g l e d a y when I lived in Ranong, Thailand earlier this year. He taught me the importance of singing ridiculous songs and dancing like fools and laughing like hyenas daily. He forced me to PLAY way more often than I was used to as an adult — oh, how we forget to play as we grow older. Children are our most precious teachers. 🙏🏼 @khondee_anit
When you meet a metal head from West Point at NYU in 2005, because of a shared interest in music business... and ten years later you're still best friends, hanging out on the west coast and talking about hip hop 90% of the time instead. 🙏🏼
She lets herself feel everything.
Quick to feel, slow to move...
Absorbing every ounce of wonder and pain
The world has to offer.
She knows more and does more
Than all of you
Just by breathing.
She is not of this awful place
And yet she's on her knees,
At the mercy of everything -
As if to dare us all to be worthy
Of such a beautiful sacrifice.
When I say she is Jesus Christ,
What I mean is
For the first time, I understand,
What it looks like
When God becomes human
To feel the world,
Because how could I not live
To make myself and the world worthy
When this is what's at stake. — Ian Sethi
"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could."
— Louise Erdrich, "The Painted Drum"
I want to share some really uplifting and beautifully written words of wisdom sent to me by a friend, after I posted about having a rough time processing my grief and anxiety over the last few months, and my fear that I'm disconnecting too much and feel myself slipping into some kind of depression.
I'm sharing this message with all of you because so many people reached out to me saying they felt the exact same way I do. Which means they deserve to hear these words as much as I do. Sometimes, life just takes a hold of us and we feel like we can barely catch a breath before we're hit with a whole new kind of pain and suffering we haven't experienced before. In this case, I truly feel the world would be a better place if we shared our vulnerability, love and encouragement with each other more often. So anything that helps me, I'm going to share in hopes that it helps you too. 💜 To my courageous friends and family who are brave enough to do the inner work, and are therefore feeling those growing pains as much as I am: "That thing with critical faith has been shouting in my head over and over again. Take care of yourself and treat yourself gently, move slowly, take time to love every beautiful part of what's inside you and without. When you write, love the way the words piece together and flow outside of you, love their rhythm melody. When you move, love the soft, strong, fluidity of your movement... You dance through life. Hold you heart, run your fingers over your own skin, feel the wind, face the sun.... You feel more than anyone I've ever met. Every feeling is on fire for you. Trust yourself, let yourself be you... No reason to protect yourself from your own feelings, or to give in to "should"s and "need to"s that aren't already in your heart. The greatest thing you can ever do for this world is be you... You're special in every sense. These are growing pains, but you are shedding a skin that you will leave behind as you find your way back to the God within. You being you is the greatest gift... Just listen to the whispers of your spirit, and quiet the background noise, and bask in your own beauty, because it's endless. (continued in comments)
My first date in Bali was with this babe... She took me to watch a sunset on the beach and even bought me a fresh coconut. 😎🌴🌅🌺 I love technology for allowing me to reunite with @saralovesyoudotcom after almost one year of not seeing her! 💜