“Imagine life to be like a camera. The amount of light in the picture is determined by the size of the aperture at the time the picture is taken. For most of us most of the time, our experience of life and its potential for joy is severely limited by the constriction of our own hearts. It’s as though an aperture has been shut, at least partially, that could be completely open. The joy we seek lies less in something new happening and more in our opening our hearts more fully to the love in our lives already. Only love can make us happy, and only we ourselves can determine its presence or absence inside our hearts. To acknowledge love is to increase its capacity to heal us; to ignore love is to let it slip away.
Look around you while you are in public somewhere or gathered with loved ones. Look into the faces of the people you see, and silently say: “The light of God in me salutes the light of God in you.” Do it for five minutes, minimum. I defy you to do this each day for at least five minutes and not be happy.”
Marianne Williamson, in “Illuminata”
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