19 January 2009

I Needed This

It's been a heck of a few days and the weeks and months ahead seem daunting right now.

Today I pulled out too quotes that have popped into my head during conversations with the special people in my life. They helped me process and give context to the fumbling quagmire that are my thoughts. I thought I'd share them with you.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
-- Leo F. Buscaglia

Not sure why I've been doing so much writing about love lately. Maybe because I've been feeling it in unexpected places and not feeling it so much in the expected ones?

Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it.
No involvement, no commitment.
-- Stephen Covey

I've written a lot about being deliberate which is the close cousin to being committed. These days it seems really important to me to be clear about the things and people to which I've committed. And to be even more clear about the commitments I expect from others. When I won't commit, I try and make that clear. It's sad that I have to be the one to notice when someone isn't committing to me. Even worse when they think their infrequent words and carefully rationed time are sufficient.

Tenets like these help me keep things clear.

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