Quotes to live by…#notestoself day 5/40

One of the (many) things I love about quotes is that they say so much already, they really don’t need a lot of rhetoric, and they never get old. To me they are like old friends who come to you at just the right time. Always there when you need them,

I don’t know about you, but a good quote can turn my thoughts around, give me a new way to look at an old problem, and keep me warm on the coldest of nights. Some keep my mind entertained and engaged, and others stop me dead in my tracks.

We will be meeting more of my favorite quotes in the upcoming 40 days of @notestoself, and what better way to kick off than to start with Rumi? He has opened my eyes and illuminated my world with his wise words arranged so powerfully.

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you become polished?” What more can I say? This one gets me thinking every time,

What if we could take all our daily irritations and smile at them knowing that whilst they may look and feel like something we don’t want. ultimately, with grace in their presence, we can become brighter, shinier versions of ourselves?

It’s often not the easiest path to take, and we may stumble along the way, I know I do and sometimes hindsight is everything. But it’s not about getting it right all the time, it’s about getting it into our awareness. from there we can work on getting into action with it and then making it a habitual way of being.

But nothing happens without awareness. So tuck this quote into your memory and the next time you find yourself irritated let it come and remind you that every irritation is an opportunity for you to become more polished. And do remember to be kind to yourself along the way, it really is not always easy to let yourself be polished and not triggered, but there is liberation to be found when you do.

And of course, we are all a work in progress, so as soon as we think we have it, we will (likely) get another opportunity to practice a lesson learned, life is always full of practice moments!

How about you? I’d love to hear what practice moments life is throwing at you and how you are dealing with them. Can you see yourself letting irritations become polishing moments?

Always in love
Sat nam