“Nothing can truly be taken from us. There is nothing to lose. Inner peace begins when we stop saying, ‘I have lost it,’ and instead say, ‘It has been returned to where it came from.’” ~Epictetus
Loss is painful. Just when we think we’re “getting on with our lives,” loss takes away something we’d deemed essential. And yet it also teaches us–if we let it–that we can live without that thing or person we no longer have, that it was never really ours to begin with. Even our greatest possession, our life, is merely on loan. And so in the end, ironically, it is loss itself that teaches us how to get on with our lives.
“To look life in the face, and to know it for what it is…at last, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away.” ~Virginia Woolf
“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” ~Chuck Palahniuk
“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” ~Shannon L. Alder
“Blessed are those who possess nothing, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”