Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wise words deserve to speak for themselves. Truth needs no biography, no bibliography, just the the test of whether the ideas resonate in the soul. So let's quote:
"Emotional wounds are the same. Sometimes the wounds do not heal because the mind gets all involved and says things like, 'I should do this and I'll feel better," or ... 'I am hurting because of what another person did, and once they fix it, I will feel better.' ... Most of all, you need time."
"I know it is human nature to fight for personal justice. ... But even more I hope you can turn your anger into the energy to fight for justice for others."
"Most of us have more longing for love and closeness than can ever be fulfilled. So the question is not how we fill that void. The question is: how do we live with that longing?"
"After about thirty years of studying the human mind, I've come to the conclusion that it's like a malfunctioning kidney. ... Our minds should probably filter out about 90 percent of our thoughts!"
"Take with you the wisdom you have acquired from your parents, your grandparents and your teacher. But remember, this wisdom is not necessarily your truth. Like Abraham, you must go forward in faith, and you must be attentive to the quiet voice of your heart."
"I told them the longer the list of people they love fully, the happier they will be."
"The hunger to be known is greater than the hunger to be loved."
"Death is not your enemy. Knowing your life has an endpoint will help you appreciate every moment you're alive."
"Very often, people who step outside of themselves and begin helping others wind up getting better more quickly. They become part of the larger world. Their own problems no longer fill it up."
Quoted from: Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lesson on Love, Loss and the Gifts of Life, by Dr. Dan Gottlieb, who has been sharing his gentle wit and kind consideration in his Inquirer column and WHYY-FM radio show for years.