Monday, May 31, 2010

...waking up...

"Empowered to turn negativity into a resource, I found flowering in me an unconditional cheerfulness and patience that is indestructible, because it is not based on the rejection of obstacles..... I learned how to crack my habits open and discover the luminous, enlightened energy frozen within them -- energy which became available for creative work and joy..... I understood that virtues are always cultivated from their opposites:  patience is the ability to accommodate impatience, courage is the ability to handle fear, and wisdom is not possible unless confusion is allowed to emerge.  Therefore I developed immense respect for my mistakes;  without them, my discoveries could not have been made..... Any consequence, including betrayal, is a means for waking up."
~Stephen Butterfield




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10 comments:

  1. ah, if we could only remember it in the midst of them...though i agree...

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  2. This is a very meaningful quote about mistakes creating the fertile ground for growth. Thanks.

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  3. Now that's how to handle our Jungian shadows, right Bonnie?

    I better get practicing.

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  4. We do choose how we decide to react to any given situation.

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  5. Beautiful, meaningful quote. Reminds me of the Camus quote: "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."

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  6. Wonderful post.

    It reminds me of a quote from Joseph Campbell,

    "Where you stumble, there your treasure lies."

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  7. love butterfield - and this quote - and i'd forgotten my fave camus quote of which i'm once again reminded by george [thank you!] - and then, there is campbell - very good company here - and great post, bonnie!

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  8. I'm all for waking up. That picture of you feels like you are looking right at me. I remember a singer in an interview saying that when you look at the camera, you don't just look at the camera but imagine you are looking at all the listeners and it feels like that is what you are doing.

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  9. Another one for the scrapbook! To be read frequently and taken to heart!

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