MARY LOU KOWNACKI QUOTES

“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful an experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

“Be a mirror, reflecting yourself in the lives of those around you. Let the light of your life catch the spark of their spirits and let the light of their lives catch the spark of yours. Each of us is a mirror, not just to ourselves but to each other.”

“The antidote to exhaustion isn’t necessarily rest. The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.”

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

“We are all dreamers, wanting to be completely out of touch with reality – to be consumed by our passions and our dreams.”

“Gratitude is the understanding that we are alive, and life is a gift, which includes joy, suffering, and everything in between.”

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.”

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It is a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

“Hope is not passive and it is not dreaming. It is always coupled with endeavor. Hope is the active participation in the suffering of the world and the pursuit of its transformation.”

“When we walk the path of gratitude, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

“We must dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

“We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.”

“To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.”

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”

“Love is a choice – not simply an emotion. It is a choice to be kind, to be compassionate, to be understanding and patient.”

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces someone, they will bloom like a flower.”

“It is not enough to be compassionate; you must act.”

“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your bright soul.”

“An open heart is a universal heart. It is capable of listening and embracing all beings.”

“We cannot do great things on this Earth. We can only do small things with great love.”

“Respectful silence might be the only healing space a hurting person has.”

“In silence, you might hear the voice of God.”

“Forgiveness is all about giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.”

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

“We are all broken and wounded in one way or another, but our wounds can be the openings to the best and most beautiful part of us.”

“When we practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.