To love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.

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Ellen Bass

8/18/2011 (12:19pm) 4 notes

If you can watch this video and not appreciate who you are and what you have, then you have no hope.


#Be Yourself#Happiness#Inspirational#Inspire#Nick Vujicic#Live Life to the Fullest

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

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Melody Beattie

I can’t watch the movie Hook without thinking about my 7th birthday. My dad took my friend and I to see it in the theater. With our imaginary swords we battled in the backseat of our old beat up station wagon the whole way home. Birthdays don’t really get any better than that. Not for the young at heart, that is.

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