There are no manuals for the construction of the individual you would like to become.
You are the only one who can decide this and take up the lifetime of work that it demands.
This is a wonderful privilege and such an exciting adventure.
To grow into the person that your deepest longing desires is a great blessing.
If you can find a creative harmony between your soul and your life,
you will have found something infinitely precious.
You may not be able to do much about the great problems of the world
or to change the situation you are in, but if you can awaken the eternal
beauty and light of your soul, you will bring light wherever you go.
The gift of life is given to us for ourselves and also to bring peace,
courage, and compassion to others.
John O’Donohue, Irish poet and philosopher
Excerpt from his book, Eternal Echoes
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