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Martha Beck quotes

To live a life that is wrong for you is a form of dying. There are people who have lives that look perfect. They try to be happy, they believe they should be happy, they are trying to like it, but if it's off course from their north star, they aren't satisfied.

As much horror as we have always created, we are a species that keeps moving forward, seeing new sights in new ways, and enjoying the journey.

Caring for your inner child has a powerful and surprisingly quick result: Do it and the child heals.

The average adult laughs 15 times a day; the average child, more than 400 times.

Absolutely lonely people have few personal interactions of any kind.

Every day brings new choices.

I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.

Whether you've seen angels floating around your bedroom or just found a ray of hope at a lonely moment, choosing to believe that something unseen is caring for you can be a life-shifting exercise.

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.

When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity.

Instead of fretting about getting everything done, why not simply accept that being alive means having things to do? Then drop into full engagement with whatever you're doing, and let the worry go.

Rest until you feel like playing, then play until you feel like resting, period. Never do anything else.

Allowing children to show their guilt, show their grief, show their anger, takes the sting out of the situation.

At times in my life, I have been utterly lonely. At other times, I've had disgusting infectious diseases. Try admitting these things in our culture.

People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.

Whoever said love is blind is dead wrong. Love is the only thing that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy.

As soon as you think you know someone else's truth better than they do, you are in deep water.

No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.

I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.

Use anything you can think of to understand and be understood, and you'll discover the creativity that connects you with others.