Monday, October 7, 2013

Of Dark Nights of the Soul and One-Eyed, Polka-Dot Bellied Cats

"Many people think that the point in life is to solve their problems and be happy.  But happiness is usually a fleeting sensation, and you never get rid of problems.  Your purpose in life may be to become more who you are and more engaged with the people and the life around you, to really live your life.  That may sound obvious, yet many people spend their time avoiding life.  They are afraid to let it flow through them, and so their vitality gets channeled into ambitions, addictions, and preoccupations that don’t give them anything worth having.  A dark night may appear, paradoxically, as a way to return to living.  It pares life down to its essentials and helps you get a new start.”

a quote from Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s Ordeals by Thomas Moore.

I really like how he calls them life's ordeals.  Ordeals, yeah that's a good word for them.

swimming champion, Diana Nyad taught me today:

"It wasn't so much what did I want to do, it was who I want to be."

"Am I living the life that I can admire?"

"and never giving up, and finding a way through your obstacles, and finding your grit and your will."



  1. Had a great little visit here today Meliss,
    Shine On!
    ♥ ♥

  2. you're awesome! i'm going to have to read that book :-)

    1. funny, i already had plans on what I wanted to say for that post before I saw yours. ~must be total magick~

  3. We can all learn a lot from Diana Nyad.
    I wish more of us would take the time to listen.

    1. Can't wait to see what she has to say on Super Soul Sunday with Diana Nyad part 2!! Didn't realize I would learn so much. Glad I took the time.


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