September 2003 Passage of the Month
From Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron, p. 124
Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us...On the other hand, wretchedness--life's painful aspect--softens us up considerably. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.
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