Reminders: Wisdom from John O’Donohue

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It has been a hectic month! I’ve been doing a lot of traveling. In fact, I just got back early this morning from Las Vegas, where I took a tour of a fantastic new wedding venue.

I’m designing a wedding that will take place at this venue next year. I’m very excited about this project, but right now I really need to decompress for a moment and re-center myself. Do you ever feel that way, dear readers?

One of the ways I like to restore balance is by reading my favorite poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue. Today I’d like to share a few passages from his wonderful book, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom:

1. Sometimes it’s easy to be generous outward, to give and give and give and yet remain ungenerous to yourself.

2. Possibility is the secret heart of creativity.

3. There is a creative voice within you that no one, not even you, has ever heard.

4. Our lack of readiness is often caused by fear and lack of self appreciation.

5. If you can learn to look at yourself and your life in a gentle, creative and adventurous way, you will be eternally surprised at what you find.

6. When you compare yourself to others you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.

7. If you live the life you love, you will receive shelter and blessings.

8. If you can love what you do, then you will do it beautifully.

9. I love Blaise Pascal’s idea that during any difficult time, you should always keep something beautiful in your heart.

10. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth. It’s a new beginning.

Dear Readers, which of these ten ideas most resonates with you? Do you have a favorite saying that comforts and inspires you? Please share!

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