“People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.”—Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale (via wordsnquotes)
1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.
2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.
3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.
4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.
5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself.
6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it.
7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don’t want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable.
8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission.
9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from.
10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.
“And when people try to minimize your pain they are doing you a disservice. And when you try to minimize your own pain, you’re doing yourself a disservice…Don’t do that…The truth is that it hurt because it was real. It hurt because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t end, it won’t get better. Because it will.”—John Green (via wordsnquotes)
“Lonely people have enthusiasms which cannot always be explained. When something strikes them as funny, the intensity and length of their laughter mirrors the depth of their loneliness, and they are capable of laughing like hyenas. When something touches their emotions, it runs through them… awakening feelings that gather into great armies.”—Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale (via wordsnquotes)
I was reminded of a homemade desert.
Made by the hands of someone
Who wasn’t supposed to be in my life.
It was delicious and I faintly recall
Its taste, its texture and its smell.
This is a shock because I could never
Remember the taste of the food I ate.
I could only remember if it was ‘good’, ‘heavenly’, ‘awful’, etc…
But that Tiramisu…
Even though years have passed,
I remember it, faintly but surely.
And guilt burned me.
Leaving scars of my betrayal.
For it was the hands of a woman
Who stole my father away
And left my family broken,
That made that Tiramisu.
I am ashamed.
Because I caught myself wanting to taste that Tiramisu again…