Before we can make deep changes in our lives,
we have to look into our diet, our way of consuming.
We have to live in such a way that we stop consuming
the things that poison us and intoxicate us. Then,
we will have the strength to allow the best in us
to arise, and we will no longer be victims
of anger, of frustration.
From: Taming the Tiger Within, by: Thich Nhat Hanh
I was a neurotic for years. I was anxious and depressed and selfish. Everyone kept telling me to change.
I resented them, and I agreed with them, and I wanted to change, but simply couldn’t, no matter how hard I tried.
What hurt the most was that, like the others, my best friend kept insisting that I change. So I felt powerless and trapped.
Then, one day, he said to me, “Don’t change. I love you just as you are.”
From: The Song of the Bird, by: Anthony De Mello