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Light the way

LIGHT THE WAY FOR LOVE

They say beauty comes from a spirit that has weathered many hardships in life and somehow continues with resilience. Grace can be found in a soul who ages softly, even amid the tempest.

I think the loveliest by far is the one whose gentle heart bears

a hundred scars from caring, yet still finds a way to pick up the lamp, one more time, to light the way for love.

(~an excerpt from Susan Frybort’s remarkably reassuring and life-affirming new book, ‘Open Passages: Doors and Windows to the Soul’, available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Open-Passages-Doors-Windows-Soul/dp/0994784376/

and at any bookstore, through Ingram Distribution)

Just Breathe

this is very timely. I was just discussing this concept with my mom. When children grow up and have their own sense of identity, they start their own lives with their new friends and family and the nuclear family changes. Love is always there but we must accept and embrace these changes. Let them follow their own path.

Although the act of nurturing another’s spiritual growth has the effect of nurturing one’s own, a major characteristic of genuine love is that the distinction between oneself and the other is always maintained and preserved.
–M. Scott Peck. M.D.

Those we love must be free to love us in return, or leave us. The honest evidence of our love is our commitment to encouraging another’s full development. We are interdependent personalities who need one another’s presence in order to fulfill our destiny. And yet, we are also separate individuals. We must come to terms with our struggles alone.

One gift of life available to each of us is security, the sense that accompanies the recognition of our spiritual center. Helping someone else discover their spiritual gifts strengthens our own. Nothing is too difficult when we act in unison as separate entities, relying on the spiritual core that strengthens us to meet any situation.

My own spiritual center will be strengthened if I help someone