By Parth N. Vakil
When challenges arise in our lives, it is not at random. These are the moments we must change. The times when we need to believe in ourselves, motivate ourselves, find ourselves. When we need realize that we are whole. When we need to know we matter. When we need to remember that we can change the world. When we need to appreciate how far we have come. When we need to let the past stay in the past, and look towards the beginning of a blank and bright future.
For such times, we need to find something to kindle our fire. Something to generate hope in our souls. Something to give us a reason to not give up on ourselves. Something to make us believe that we have it all within us. For such times, I hope that the collection of words below provide the spark to kindle your fire once again. May you burn bright and bright some light to this dark world at times…
“I wanted a perfect ending.
Now I’ve learned, the hard way,
that some poems don’t rhyme,
and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Life is about not knowing, having to change,
taking the moment and making the best of it,
without knowing what’s going to happen next.
— Gilda Radner
“For every mile the feet go
the heart goes nine.”
― E.E. Cummings
“I need to believe that
only I can chase my dreams.
that only I can light the fire in me.
that no one can break me
unless I break myself
and only someone else can
help me carry the pieces.
I need to believe that
I am different and
I am full of love.
and if I live every moment believing,
that the chase in my heart
will be a beautiful thing
and the world will
never cease to forget my name.
I just have to believe.”
– R.M. Drake
“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic.
The inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence,
when we think we’re alone.”
― Charles de Lint
“… If anything matters then everything matters.
Because you are important, everything you do is important.
Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, my purposes are accomplished and nothing will be the same again.”
– Wm. Paul Young
“Nobody loses all the time.”
― E.E. Cummings
“When a shadow of sadness flickers by
When a tear finds its way to the eye
When fear keeps the loneliness alive
I try and console my heart
Why is it that you cry? I ask
This is only what life imparts
These deep silences within
Have been handed out to all by time
Everyone’s story has a little sorrow
Everyone’s share has a little sunshine
No need for water in your eyes
Every moment can be a new life
Why do you let them pass you by?
Oh heart, why is it that you cry?”
– Javed Akhtar
“I am not the first person you loved.
You are not the first person I looked at
with a mouthful of forevers. We
have both known loss like the sharp edges
of a knife. We have both lived with lips
more scar tissue than skin. Our love came
unannounced in the middle of the night.
Our love came when we’d given up
on asking love to come. I think
that has to be part
of its miracle.
This is how we heal.
I will kiss you like forgiveness. You
will hold me like I’m hope. Our arms
will bandage and we will press promises
between us like flowers in a book.
I will write sonnets to the salt of sweat
on your skin. I will write novels to the scar
of your nose. I will write a dictionary
of all the words I have used trying
to describe the way it feels to have finally,
finally found you.
And I will not be afraid
of your scars.
I know sometimes
it’s still hard to let me see you
in all your cracked perfection,
but please know:
whether it’s the days you burn
more brilliant than the sun
or the nights you collapse into my lap
your body broken into a thousand questions,
you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
I will love you when you are a still day.
I will love you when you are a hurricane.
— Clementine von Radics
“There are infinite paths to choose,
And I have chosen many.
I have slammed into dead ends,
Twisted through turning trails that ended at lost,
Followed other’s routes to eventually realize they weren’t mine,
Even dared to venture into the great unknown,
Where writing a new way,
Was the only way.
But of all the countless roads I wandered,
Endless directions I explored,
And limitless possibilities I could have taken,
There is one thing I have come to know:
No matter what surrounds me,
Lies ahead or behind me,
Or who is beside me,
It’s what is happening in me,
That will shine a guiding light,
Conquer the journey,
And land me victorious after any travel.
Because perfection comes,
not when you’re watching golden sun sets over paradise,
But when you have grown,
– Leah Fortner
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.”
— Henry Van Dyke
“And for a second time
you begin to discover yourself again.
This is the kind of feeling people have
when they start to believe
in something bigger than themselves.
And I hope you find
more than just yourself.
I hope you find
to not hurt the people
who love you.
I hope you find
a thousand miracles
hidden in the soft rain
and I hope you find art
in all the people
you deserve to love.
– R.M. Drake
“To love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.”
– Ellen Bass