Where the Mind Goes, Energy Flows: 60 Positive Affirmations To Light Up Your Life!

Today’s post is a follow up to my post In Honour of Love, Truth and Beauty: 56 Rare Quotes That Will Change the Way You Live Your Life because if you’re anything like me, you love a stack of handy resources that you can refer back to when you need them most.

In the same way I’m drawn to inspiring quotes, I’m always on the lookout for positive affirmations – powerful words that help us manifest what we want in our lives, renew our passion, fuel our success and ultimately, guide us as we transform and transcend – so I’ve pulled together a list of positive statements that will help you lift the lid on self-sabotaging beliefs and replace them with supercharged thoughts as you discover the best, most vibrant version of ‘you.’

How does that sound? Good? Great!

Pick and choose from the below when an area of your life is called into focus – you’ll know which ones you need to hone in on depending on what’s going on in your world at any given time. Adjust, tweak, add, subtract, save the pics for later – make these babies all yours!

Life + Goals + Purpose


Today I choose to own my power .

Every experience in my life has shaped me to be where I am at this very moment. I am exactly who I am supposed to be.

I discover the meaning and purpose of life in the process of overcoming difficulties with dignity, courage, and faith. I am on purpose.

I have all the resources I need to achieve my goals easily and effortlessly, and I make amazing progress every day.

I now see and feel my goals as already accomplished.

I receive wisdom and knowledge every moment of my life.

I am guided and excited. All I need is within me now.

I have the ability to change anything in my life that I choose to change. I take complete responsibility for my life.

Relationships + Love


I accept myself completely as I am.

I am grateful to be alive today. It is my joy and pleasure to live another wonderful day.

I surround myself with authentic and loving people who share my journey of personal growth and awakening.

I cannot change another person. I let others be who they are, and I simply love who I am.

Amazing people gravitate towards me every day.

I surround myself with positive, proactive people.

I actively listen to what others say without interrupting them.

I treat every person I meet with respect, tolerance, and understanding.

I look for the good in every person I meet and I find it.

I inspire and empower others to greatness.

I am worthy of love.

I forgive and release and know that when I love myself, I allow others to love me too.

Manifesting + Living Your Dream Life


I consciously choose the emotional state that I am in at all times.

I spend my time, energy, and emotion on the goals that are most important to me rather than responding to the demands of other people. I am in control of my life.

Incredible ideas flow to me easily and consistently.

I have completely discarded any thoughts of failure. I have no anxiety about things I want to do in my life.

I am a naturally successful person and I have created the life I desire.

My unique creative talents and abilities are flowing through me and are being expressed in deeply satisfying ways. My creativity is always in demand.

Confidence + Courage


I am an outstanding leader and I radiate confidence and certainty in the presence of other people.

I am powerful and charismatic and I attract opportunities to me like a magnet.

I am fearless, courageous and bold.

Every time I close my eyes and breathe deeply, my confidence expands and fills my whole being.

I now see myself as exactly the person I want to be: confident, self-assured, healthy, and prosperous.

My confident energy, enthusiasm, and passion are increasing massively everyday.

I step up with total power and passion to take whatever positive action is necessary to achieve my desired results.



I now resolve to listen closely to that still, wise, strong voice within me that always guides me toward health and joy.

My health, energy, and vitality are increasing everyday.

I sleep peacefully and I wake feeling full of joy. Through peaceful sleep, my body and mind are renewed and restored to perfect health.

My positive thoughts are now creating the body that I desire.

Divine life flows through every cell in my body.

I am totally energised. My body is now exploding with massive amounts of energy and enthusiasm.

I feed my body nutritious foods for optimum health, energy, and peak performance.

The more energy I use, the more energy I have.

I fill my body with life giving oxygen through deep breathing everyday.

I create good health habits quickly and easily.

I am relaxed, calm and peaceful. Everything is perfect in my world.



I am now effortlessly attracting all the wealth I need and desire, doing what I love to do.

I am a money magnet.

I deserve to be wealthy.

Money comes to me in expected and unexpected ways.

My outstanding ideas, energy, and passion are creating new avenues of income.

All the investments I own are profitable.

I manage my money effectively with precision.

I have all the money that I want and need.

I now give away large amounts of wealth wisely and intelligently.

I am the the luckiest person in the Universe. Good fortune flows to me constantly.

+ What are your thoughts on affirmations? Do you ever use them? I’d love you to share your experiences with using affirmations in the comments below.

For those that haven’t harnessed the power of positive statements like these before, why not make this week the week you give it a go for a bit of fun? Take notice of how they make you feel – I always notice a wave of calmness wash over me when I flip a negative thought on its head by visualising and repeating an affirmation.

Finally, a hot tip:

I like to write my affirmations on index cards and stick them on the mirror in my bathroom so I can see them when I’m getting ready for work, and I also carry one around in my purse (actually, I’m currently using the last one on the list above). Phone reminders are also a winner – type some sparkly words in and prepare to be delighted at random times throughout the week!

Images: Nanamee, with edits by me.

In Honour of Love, Truth + Beauty: 56 Rare Quotes That Will Change The Way You Live Your Life!

I adore inspiring words and have always collected quotes and truisms, scribbling them in my diary or emailing them off to friends who were searching for some solace or simply to be uplifted. There’s something about a poignant, well-articulated string of words that really makes sense of the world around us.

Motivating quotes are omnipresent these days and I don’t know about you, but I must admit I glaze over when I see the same old quotes being used repeatedly on posters or blog posts – which is why I’ve been spending time compiling the list below for the past three weeks, adding my favourites slowly but surely as they flew into my radar.

I hope some of these ignite a fire within you and help you look at life with shining eyes and love in your heart. Please feel free to spread this list around (using the social sharing buttons below) and add to it in the comments.

I understand you might not get through reading them all now but it’s my hope you’ll bookmark this post to refer back to next time you need a big kiss from someone who has been there, done that before. Enjoy lovelies! x

On Writing



“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” | ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” | STEPHEN KING

“Writing practice brings us back to the uniqueness of our own minds and an acceptance of it. We all have wild dreams, fantasies, and ordinary thoughts. Let us to feel the texture of them and not be afraid of them. Writing is still the wildest thing I know.” | NATALIE GOLDBERG

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” | ANTON CHEKHOV

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” | ANNE LAMOTT

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” | ANAIS NIN

On Love + Relationships



“And when you appear all the rivers sound in my body, bells shake the sky, and a hymn fills the world.” | PABLO NERUDA

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” | RUMI

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.” | RAINER MARIA RILKE

“Love – not dim and blind but so far-seeing that it can glimpse around corners, around bends and twists and illusion; instead of overlooking faults love sees through them to the secret inside.” | VERA NAZARIAN

“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” | MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” | HENRI J.M. NOUWEN

“Love brings you face to face with your self. It’s impossible to love another if you cannot love yourself.” | JOHN PIERRAKOS

“When I’m being love, I don’t get drained, and I don’t need people to behave a certain way in order to feel cared for or to share my magnificence with them. They’re automatically getting my love as a result of me being my true self.” | ANITA MORJANI

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” | MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

“There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind.  The other is an outpouring of everything good in you – of kindness and consideration and respect – not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.” | JOHN STEINBECK

“The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realisation is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.” | RAINER MARIA RILKE

On Life



“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” | MARY OLIVER

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” | STEVE JOBS

“Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.” | RAINER MARIA RILKE

“Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond.” | MARK NEPO

”Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.” | H. JACKSON BROWN JR.

“Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.” | RAINER MARIA RILKE

“The bad news: there is no key to the universe. The good news: it was never locked.” | SWAMI BEYONDANANDA

“Don’t step into lives that aren’t yours, make choices that aren’t nourishing, or dance stiffly for years with the wrong partner, or parts of yourself.” | SARK

“To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go” | MARY OLIVER  

On Truth, Beauty + Empowerment



“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” | ALLEN GINSBERG

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” | MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” | PEMA CHODRON 

“Whatever truth we feel compelled to withhold, no matter how unthinkable it is to imagine ourselves telling it, not to is a way of spiritually holding our breath. You can only do it for so long.” | MARK NEPO

“I can’t stop pointing to the beauty.” | RUMI

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” | MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

“All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.” | RAINER MARIA RILKE

“Mysteriously, as elusive as it is, this moment – where the eye is what it sees, where the heart is what it feels – this moment shows us that what is real is sacred.” | MARK NEPO

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” | MAHATMA GANDHI

“Everyone has this giant, luminous being that is their true self… Everyone is a sleeping giant, so to speak, waiting to hear the call, waiting to surrender to it, waiting to act on it. We’ve gotten caught up in thinking we are what we look like, the physical, the exterior. We think we’re the lamp shade. We’ve forgotten that we are the light—the electricity and the luminosity that lights up every man, woman, and child. The light is who we truly are.” | MICHAEL BERNARD BECKWITH

“Nourish your eye and spirit with inspiring things. They will bloom with your tending.” | SARK

“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” | ELIZABETH GILBERT

On Falling Down… + Getting Up Again


”Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” | HENRY FORD 

“Here’s what I think,” I say and my voice is stronger and thoughts are coming, thoughts that trickle into my noise like whispers of truth. “I think maybe everybody falls,” I say. “I think maybe we all do. And I don’t think that’s the asking.”  I pull on her arms gently to make sure she’s listening. “I think the asking is whether we get back up again.” | PATRICK NESS

“Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes a part of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined. Out goes naivete, in comes wisdom; out goes anger, in comes discernment; out goes despair, in comes kindness. No one would call it easy, but the rhythm of emotional pain that we learn to tolerate is natural, constructive and expansive… The pain leaves you healthier than it found you.” | MARTHA BECK

On Giving + Gratitude


“There shall be an eternal summer in the grateful heart.” | CELIA THAXTER

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” | DALAI LAMA

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” | MAHATMA GANDHI

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips and the nodding morning glories, and into the windows of, even, the miserable and the crotchety – best preacher that ever was, dear star, that just happens to be where you are in the universe to keep us from ever-darkness, to ease us with warm touching, to hold us in the great hands of light – good morning, good morning, good morning. Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” | MARY OLIVER

My Dear, I am writing this to remind you of your ‘essence beauty.’ This is the part of you that has nothing to do with age, occupation, weight, history, or pain. This is the soft, untouched, indelible you. You can love yourself in this moment, no matter what you have, or haven’t done or been.   See past any masks, devices, or inventions that obscure your essence. Remember your true purpose, which is only Love. If you cannot see or feel love, lie down now and cry; it will cleanse your vision and free your heart.   I love you; I am you.” | SARK

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” | ELIZABETH GILBERT

On Dreaming + Doing


“Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.” | OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES 

“Why dream? Life is a difficult assignment. We are fragile creatures, expected to function at high rates of speed, and asked to accomplish great and small things each day. These daily activities take enormous amounts of energy. Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. Things and people all around us die, get broken, or are lost. There is no safety or guarantees.   The way to accomplish the assignment of truly living is to engage fully, richly, and deeply in the living of your dreams. We are made to dream and to live those dreams.” | SARK

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” | GOETHE

“A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.” | JAMES ALLEN

“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open doors to you. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” | JOSEPH CAMPBELL

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” | MARY OLIVER

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” | JOSEPH CAMPBELL

“Never stop dreaming of moonbeams and fairy dust, shiny stars and the wonder of the heavens, a happier life and a better world.” | JAMES J. GORMLEY

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” | STEVE JOBS

Further words on art, alchemy + amplification:

+ 101 Inspirational Quotes to Light Up Your Life from Always Well Within

+ 75 Most Empowering, Inspirational Quotes for Sassy, Kick-Ass Women from Your Life YOUR Way

+ What’s your all-time favourite quote, or mantra you live your life by? What’s your pick from the above?

Images: All Anne He except second top image (We Heart It).

Open Your Heart

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.” ~ Bob Marley

(this would make a beautiful reading for a wedding, don’t you think?!)

Soft Spot


“The next time you go out in the world, you might try this practice: directing your attention to people—in their cars, on the sidewalk, talking on their cell phones—just wish for them all to be happy and well.

Without knowing anything about them, they can become very real, by regarding each of them personally and rejoicing in the comforts and pleasures that come their way. Each of us has this soft spot: a capacity for love and tenderness. But if we don’t encourage it, we can get pretty stubborn about remaining sour.”

~ Pema Chodron (via kind over matter)

Image: Biosynthesis by Yellena James

Thank You Steve Jobs

My Dad worked for Apple in the 80’s and 90’s, which meant as a 10 year old, I proudly handed in perfectly laid-out school assignments that had been jazzed up in Quark Express and Claris Works and looked at least 27 times cooler (more “professional”) than those of my classmates. And that’s when my love for this revolutionary brand began. And flourished.

When I got to high school, it was about IBM’s, which were seriously as foreign to me as flying a helicopter. In fact, I don’t think my Dad – Apple loyalist for life – really even knows how to use a PC these days, which is slightly funny considering he is the smartest, most technologically-brilliant person I know.

Steve Jobs was an amazing man who leaves behind an incredible legacy and I for one am grateful for the fact that when I’m chatting away on my iPhone, reading my favourite blogs on my iPad in bed, running with my iPod (listening to songs I bought on iTunes) or publishing posts for In Spaces Between on my MacBook, his being on this earth – although for a short time – makes my life easier, better. He really was a master of innovation.

I loved reading 10 Ways Steve Jobs Changed the World and have watched his 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech several times (amazing – worth a watch again if you need a refresher). The man was mega-wise and has inspired many through his words and products. Here are a few of my favourite Steve Jobs quotes:

When talking about taking a calligraphy class in college, Jobs says: ““If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, “ Jobs explained, “the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionately spaced ones. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.”

“Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

And this gem:

“I have looked myself in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.’

Thank you Steve Jobs, rest in peace. We all want to know we’ve left our mark on the world when we go. You really have.

Images: 1. John Duray Decker 2. Apple 3. Design You Trust

Thought of the Day

“cherish your solitude. take trains by yourself to places you have never been. sleep alone under the stars. learn how to drive a stick shift. go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. say no whenever you don’t want to do something. say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. decide whether you want to be liked or admired. decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. believe in kissing.” ~ eve ensler

Image: Last.fm

The Invitation

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Image: 2 Photo