It has been a heavy week on planet earth. As spring blossoms start spreading the earthly hope around, humankind is suffering with the raw and violent reality of a war. In a way, it is times like these when we feel our essence: as we support a friend abroad or bring voice to their message for help.
And yet, we rise from our beds to work and take care of ourselves and loved ones. With that in mind, here are the quotes of the week.
Did you know what ‘mono no aware’ means?
Often considered to be untranslatable, mono no aware refers to the bittersweet realization of the ephemeral nature of all things. It is the awareness that everything in existence is temporary. The fleetingness of youth, the fading of romance, and the changing of seasons are not to be mourned, but cherished and appreciated in their impermanence, for that is where their beauty comes from. (via CultureTrip)
It is a humbling feeling which also gives me the utmost pleasure of that moment. You may remember the word next time this feeling washes over you.
Next quote is one that shows how seemingly different ends of the spectrum bring the uncommon outcomes to life together- intensity and consistency.
“When people seem uncommonly disciplined, look for a powerful ritual hiding in plain sight. It’s not that they have more discipline than you or I, but they were able to turn that discipline into consistency with a ritual. Short-term results come from intensity but long-term results come from consistency. Turning intensity into consistency unlocks a powerful asymmetry.”
— Shane Parrish
I personally struggle with intensity at times, when everything is moving and I’m close to getting overwhelmed. And at other times, everything seems consistent and I crave for a bit of colour. This quote is a reminder when I’m making decisions on which lever calls for adjustment.
The last quote of the week is from my all time favourite storytellers, Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
A great deal of healing arises from a wounded self. The sympathetic and empathetic self creates profound healing. When we courageously explore our own pain, we become more insightful, more ego contained, more awake to the essential qualities of the healer. The wound becomes our gift.
It would be beyond my skills to explain her narrative of ‘the wounded healer’ on here : however, I find that most women intuitively know this to be true: when you live with the wound, discover how the pain rises and subsides, you get to learn your innermost secrets — and possibly be your own healer.
If anything on this post resonates with you, I’m delighted that we’re sharing a moment together.