I love this quote by Pema Chodron.
(Psssst…I also include Pema’s beautiful words on an original poster below).
Pema Chodron Quote:
“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched.
It is both.
Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us.
We feel connected.
We start to look down on others.
There is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it.
Wanting it to be like that forever.
On the other hand, wretchedness–life’s painful aspect–softens us up considerably.
When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody’s eyes because you feel you haven’t got anything to lose–you’re just there.
The wretchedness humbles us and softens us.
We’d be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn’t have enough energy to eat an apple.
One inspires us, the other softens us.
They go together.”
Want to make sure you remember these words? Print out the poster below! Or pass it forward to someone you feel my benefit from this reminder.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.