Healing Quotes 601-700

“Body acceptance means, as much as possible, approving of and loving your body, despite its “imperfections”, real or perceived. That means accepting that your body is fatter than some others, or thinner than some others, that your eyes are a little crooked, that you have a disability that makes walking difficult, that you have health concerns that you have to deal with — but that all of that doesn’t mean that you need to be ashamed of your body or try to change it. Body acceptance allows for the fact that there is a diversity of bodies in the world, and that there’s no wrong way to have one.”
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~ Golda Poretsky
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“No matter my size, no matter my health. I am allowed to exist and I should be able to do so without persecution.”
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~ Unknown
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“If you’re thin, you don’t have to say ‘but I eat all the time!’/’I have a fast metabolism!’
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If you’re fat, you don’t have to say ‘it’s genetic!’/’I’m trying to lose weight!’
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You don’t need to explain to anybody why your body is the way it is. Your body is YOUR body, and that’s all the justification you need.”
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~ Unknown
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“It is just a body. The more you can be neutral about a body, the better. Bodies change, and many times they change from things out of your control. Bodies do not, and never will, have anything to do with your value.”
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~ Bevin Branlandingham
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“I can’t be shaken anymore, by anyone. I’ve got to that point in my life that if you’re not a good person, and you can’t make me feel good with love and life, then fuck off, basically.”
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~ FKA twigs, thatkindofwoman.tumblr.com)
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“At that moment I was sure. That I belonged in my skin. That my organs were mine and my eyes were mine and my ears, which could only hear the silence of this night and my faint breathing, were mine, and I loved them and what they could do.”
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~ Dave Eggers
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“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”
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~ Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart
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“No matter my size, no matter my health. I am allowed to exist and I should be able to do so without persecution.”
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~ betterforthechange.tumblr.com
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“You are not your bra-size, nor are you the width of your waist, nor are you the slenderness of your calves. You are not your hair color, your skin color, nor are you a shade of lipstick. Your shoe-size is of no consequence. You are not defined by the amount of attention you get from males, females, or any combination thereof. You are not the number of sit-ups you can do, nor are you the number of calories in a day. You are not your mustache. You are not the hair on your legs. You are not a little red dress.You are no amalgam of these things.
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You are the content of your character. You are the ambitions that drive you. You are the goals that you set. You are the things that you laugh at and the words that you say. You are the thoughts you think and the things you wonder. You are beautiful and desirable not for the clique you attend, but for the spark of life within you that compels you to make your life a full and meaningful one. You are beautiful not for the shape of the vessel, but for the volume of the soul it carries.”
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~ Michael Wriston
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“Start ignoring people who threaten your joy. Literally, ignore them. Say nothing. Don’t invite any parts of them into your space.”
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~ Alex Elle
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“However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.”
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~ Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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“Your body is the piece of the universe you’ve been given.”.

~ Geneen Roth, Women Food And God

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust.”
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~ Lawrence Kraus
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“It is a strange and wonderful fact to be here, walking around in a body, to have a whole world within you and a world at your fingertips outside you.  It is an immense privilege, and it is incredible that humans manage to forget the miracle of being here.  Rilke said, ‘Being here is so much,’ and it is uncanny how social reality can deaden and numb us so that the mystical wonder of our lives goes totally unnoticed.  We are here.  We are wildly and dangerously free.”
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~ John O’Donohue
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“Advent creates people, new people.”
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~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas
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“From the baking aisle to the post office line to the wrapping paper bin in the attic, women populate every dark corner of Christmas. Who got up at 4 a.m. to put the ham in the oven? A woman. . . . Who sent the Christmas card describing her eighteen-year-old son’s incarceration as ‘a short break before college?’ A woman. Who remembered to include batteries at the bottom of each stocking? A woman. And who gets credit for pulling it all off? Santa.That’s right. A man.”
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~ Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood
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“If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse to worry about whether you’re good enough . Just do it. Be generous. Offer a gift to the world no one else can offer : yourself.”
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~ Glennon Doyle Melton
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“There is something about Christmas that requires a rug rat. Little kids make Christmas fun. I wonder if could rent one for the holidays. When I was tiny we would by a real tree and stay up late drinking hot chocolate and finding just the right place for the special decorations.”
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~ Eugene H. Peterson, Holy Luck
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“It is now, at Advent, that I am given the chance to suspend all expectation…and instead to revel in the mystery.”
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~ Jerusalem Jackson Greer, A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together
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“Christmas is the time to let your heart do the thinking.”
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~ Patricia Clafford
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“Christmas seems to say that paradise lost and longed for does not have to be paradise given up on.”
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~ Craig D. Lounsbrough
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“Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.”
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~ William Saroyan
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“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
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~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
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“No matter where she went, God was her family. He was her hope.”
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~ Tricia Goyer, A Christmas Gift for Rose
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“I find it inspiring to actively choose which traditions to celebrate and also come up with new ideas for traditions of my own.”
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~ Sara Sheridan
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“If December is a journey toward Christmas, you can decide which roads to take and who your traveling companions will be on that trip.”
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~ Rev. Emily C. Heath, Another Road to Bethlehem
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“Van Gogh on Christmas:
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And now we’re slowly heading towards winter, and many dread it, but Christmas is wonderful, it’s like the moss on the roofs and like the pine and the holly and the ivy in the snow.
Isleworth, 10 November 1876”
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~ Liesbeth Heenk, The 1-Hour van Gogh Book – How to look at Van Goghs
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“Gonna put a selfie on top of the Christmas tree because I am the star.”
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~ Unknown
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“Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.”
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~ Phillips Brooks
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“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”
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~ Harlan Miller
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“So here comes Gabriel again, and what he says is “Good tidings of great joy … for all people.” … That’s why the shepherds are first: they represent all the nameless, all the working stiffs, the great wheeling population of the whole world.”
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~ Walter Wangerin Jr., Preparing for Jesus
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“For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.”
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~ W. J. Tucker
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“I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays–let them overtake me unexpectedly–waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: “Why this is Christmas Day!”
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~ David Grayson, Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.
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“You chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known.
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Karen L. Oberst, Light Came at Christmas: Services for the Advent Wreath
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“Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives.”
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~ William Parks, Missions
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“Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.”
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~ Phillips Brooks
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“They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.”
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~ Mrs. Paul M. Ell
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“Christmas is the time for looking ahead courageously through the gates of the swiftly approaching new year … of resolving that the coming months will reflect a kinder, more forgiving and less heedless person than mirrored in the past.”
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~ Ellen V. Morgan, Christmas is the Time
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“Christmas is our annual reminder to look up—pondering celestial stars, to look out—serving those in need, and to look down—glorifying our Lord in humble prayer.”
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~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year
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“Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.”
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~ George F. McDougall
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“The time draws near the birth of Christ: The moon is hid;the night is still; the Christmas bells from hill to hill answer each other in the mist.”
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~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.”
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~ Bess Streeter Aldrich
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“Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes- goodwill among men and peace on earth.”
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~ Albert Einstein
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“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”
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~ Louisa May Alcott
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“Christmas–that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance.”
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~ Augusta E. Rundell
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“If you have been verbally abused, you have been told in subtle and not-so-subtle ways that your perceptions of reality is wrong and that your feelings are wrong. Consequently, you may doubt your own experience and, at the same time, not realize that you are doing so.”

“If you have been the victim of emotional abuse, if you have searched your soul for answers to questions of how you can say things so he will understand, how it is that you hear what he says he never said, or how it is that you feel what he says you shouldn’t feel, you may have been lead to believe that there is something basically wrong with your ability to communicate, or with your perceptions or feelings.”

~ Patricia Evans, The Verbally Abusive Relationship
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“Another year is fast approaching. Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world.”
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~ Jason Mraz
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“Molly: You don’t like New Years Eve? Are you insane? It’s literally the best holiday ever. You just party all night and it doesn’t matter what stupid stuff you do because the year’s over and you get a brand new start in the morning.”
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~ Hillary DePiano, New Year’s Thieves
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“I should really get it together and “let it go”; “get over it”. Those suggestions just mean no one wants to stick around to clean up what’s coming.

Ever try to stop the stomach flu? People don’t understand that PTSD is the hippocampus dry-heaving.”

~ Dr. Walker Karraa, The Dry Heave of PTSD
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“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.”
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~ Bill Clinton
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“You have a unique gift to offer this world. Be true to yourself, be kind to yourself, read and learn about everything that interests you and keep away from people who bring you down. When you treat yourself kindly and respect the uniqueness of those around you, you will be giving this world an amazing gift… You”
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~ Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
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“You have this one life. How do you wanna spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don’t see you? Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what feels good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud.”
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~ Unknown
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“When I talked to friends and acquaintances about self-love, I was surprised to see how many of us feel troubled by the notion, as though the very idea implies too much narcissism or selfishness. We all need to rid ourselves of misguided notions about self-love. We need to stop fearfully equating it with self-centerdness and selfishness. Self-love is the foundation of our loving practice. Without it our other efforts to love fail. Giving ourselves love we provide our inner being with the opportunity to have unconditional love we may have always longed to receive from someone else…When we give this precious gift to ourselves, we are able to reach out to others from a place of fulfillments and not from a place of lack.”
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~ bell hooks, All About Love
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I’m not a girl anymore, I’m a woman and my heart beats like prizefighter’s fists, and I have not stopped yet, I will not stop.”
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~ Daphne Gottlieb, carpe noctem, 15 Ways to Stay Alive
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“Write a list of things that are going to get better. Start with you.” .
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~ for when things don’t feel so good you will get better,via metamorphosisofmeg
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“Most people need love and acceptance a lot more than they need advice.”
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~ Bob Goff
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“It is important to celebrate the person you are presently not the person you are trying to become. you must honor yourself at whatever stage of growth you are in.”
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~ Unknown
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“It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.”
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~ Amy Poehler, Yes Please
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“Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made, or by dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.”
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~ Alan Cohen
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“Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.”
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~ C. Assaa
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“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”
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~ Unknown
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“Someone asked me what home was and all I could think of were the stars on the tip of your tongue, the flowers sprouting from your mouth, the roots entwined in the gaps between your fingers, the ocean echoing inside of your ribcage.”
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~ e.e. cummings
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“You’re like the ocean… Pretty enough on the surface, but dive down into your depths, you’ll find beauty most people never see.”
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~ Ellen Hopkins
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“The path isn’t a straight line; it’s a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
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~ Barry H. Gillespie
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“My only regret is that I didn’t tell enough people to fuck off.”
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~ 92 year old grandma (coffeestainedheart.tumblr.com, site no longer available)
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“People can forgive toxic parents, but they should do it at the conclusion—not at the beginning—of their emotional housecleaning. People need to get angry about what happened to them. They need to grieve over the fact that they never had the parental love they yearned for. They need to stop diminishing or discounting the damage that was done to them. Too often, “forgive and forget” means “pretend it didn’t happen.”
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I also believe that forgiveness is appropriate only when parents do something to earn it. Toxic parents, especially the more abusive ones, need to acknowledge what happened, take responsibility, and show a willingness to make amends. If you unilaterally absolve parents who continue to treat you badly, who deny much of your reality and feelings, and who continue to project blame onto you, you may seriously impede the emotional work you need to do. If one or both parents are dead, you can still heal the damage, by forgiving yourself and releasing much of the hold that they had over your emotional well-being.
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At this point, you may be wondering, understandably, if you will remain bitter and angry for the rest of your life if you don’t forgive your parents. In fact, quite the opposite is true. What I have seen over the years is that emotional and mental peace comes as a result of releasing yourself from your toxic parents’ control, without necessarily having to forgive them. And that release can come only after you’ve worked through your intense feelings of outrage and grief and after you’ve put the responsibility on their shoulders, where it belongs.

~ Susan Forward, Toxic Parents
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“Whatever nightmares the future holds are dreams compared to what’s behind me.”

~ Gamorra, Guardians of the Galaxy

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