"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.””
Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (via withoutawarning)
از دسـت غیبـت تو شکایت نمیکـنـم
تا نیسـت غیبـتی نـبود لذت حـضور
I do not complain of your absence”
For there is no delight in presence, were it not for absence
Hafiz (via kassandrakomplex)
Beware of the tiny gods frightened men
To bring an anesthetic relief To their sad
Hafiz (via onlyjoyreturns)
“Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit (via larmoyante)
“Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises. Sometimes that beauty is too much for me to handle. Do you know that feeling? When something is just too beautiful? When someone says something or writes something or plays something that moves you to the point of tears, maybe even changes you.”
Mark Oliver Everett, Things The Grandchildren Should Know (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
“The trick, kiddo,” his mom replies slowly. “Is finding someone who complements you instead of completes you. You need to be complete on your own.”
The Fight, and Fate
How EASILY we allow others to affect, control and influence us! The operative word being ALLOW. Even if they are just silently standing still beside us, our mind starts building assumptions, expectations and stories in our head about them and what they MIGHT think of us, and we let these pierce us to our core. And we start living with these assumptions, these FEARS. We LIMIT our lives based on these phantoms we ourselves spawned! How PATHETIC we are!
We can CHOOSE to stop this. We can be IN CONTROL of our lives again and start living in reality, in What Is.”
L Suan (via curiouscrook)
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
Rumi (via man-of-prose)