“It seems impossible, but every humbled life has cried it is so: The sweetness of living comes to us when the very humanness we regret and try to hide, our seeming flaws and shameful secrets, are worked by time and nature into a honey all their own. Ultimately, it is where we are not perfect – where we are broken and cracked, where the wind whistles through – that is the stuff of transformation.
Like other people, many of the things I’ve wanted to be have crumbled over time into cinders that have sparked the very next dream. And the hurtful things I’ve never meant to say have thickened my tongue over time into a kindness I didn’t think possible. And each time I’ve failed at being what someone else needed or wanted or hoped for – each failure at love has solidified into unexpected learnings. The painful shavings of one love have become the spices of joy in the next.”
Mark Nepo, in “The Book of Awakening”
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