"Many times when we help we do not really serve… . Serving is also different from fixing. One of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement, Abraham Maslow, said, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ Seeing yourself as a fixer may cause you to see brokenness everywhere, to sit in judgment of life itself. When we fix others, we may not see their hidden wholeness or trust the integrity of the life in them. Fixers trust their own expertise. When we serve, we see the unborn wholeness in others; we collaborate with it and strengthen it. Others may then be able to see their wholeness for themselves for the first time."
— Rachel Naomi Remen (via creatingaquietmind)
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"The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it."
— D.L. Moody (via creatingaquietmind)
"A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it."
— Happy birthday, Don DeLillo (via explore-blog)
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"And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed."
— Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger (via senbeii)
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"Don’t go through life, grow through life."
— Eric Butterworth (via creatingaquietmind)
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"Introverts are collectors of thoughts, and solitude is where the collection is curated and rearranged to make sense of the present and future."
— Laurie Helgoe (via creatingaquietmind)
"When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending."
— Thich Nhat Hanh (via hermionejg)
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“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.
Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.”
— Stephen Fry (via bubblegumpopqueen)
"Only speak words that make souls stronger."
— Ann Voskamp (via raewrites)