I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.

– Friedrich Nietzsche “Thus Spoke Zarathustra“

What “Love” is I don’t know
if it’s not the response of our deepest natures
to one another.
~William Carlos Williams~

From: https://tendingjoy.com/ ‘s newsletter by Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I’ll toast our bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.

~ Minna Thomas Antrim ~

‘The eagle gently coaxed her offspring toward the edge of the nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to her persistent nudging.‘Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling? she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the tradition of the species, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each child.
‘Is it possible that this time it will not work? she thought. Despite her fears the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was all but complete. There remained one final task – the push.

The eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her children discovered her wings there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift she had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so, one by one she pushed them, and they flew.’

Even Eagles Need a Push: Learning to soar in a changing world. David McNally, June 1990.


Research has shown that the lower our self-esteem, the more materialistic we are – we make up for our lack of self-worth by filling our lives with things that we think will make us happier.

Rachel McDonald: Soul Gypsy

How do you expect to find a soulmate, when your initial choice is based on lust? September 25, 2012

~ Love, Charmaine xxx ~

Hello world. Enough! No more! I am taking back my life and saying: I am worthy of happiness & success, to be loved, respected, cherished & heard. I might not be your cup of tea, but I’ll make you a deal – I’ll respect your feelings & opinions, your worthiness as a human being and as a child of God and you do the same for me! Deal? November 2010

~ Love, Charmaine xxx ~

Pay attention to your talents and dreams, it’s God’s way of showing you the person He intended you to be.

~ Love, Charmaine xxx ~

Those who live in Love see a world of hope: a world of men and women who,
despite their failings, are always capable of love
in the core of goodness in their hearts.
~Eknath Easwaren~

From: https://tendingjoy.com/ ‘s newsletter by Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

Trust is earned in the smallest of moments.

It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.

From: https://brenebrown.com/

“We’re in a free fall into the future. We don’t know where we’re going. Things are changing so fast. And always when you’re going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. But all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It’s a very interesting shift of perspective . . .” Joseph Campbell

From: https://tendingjoy.com/ ‘s newsletter by Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” Marianne Williamson



“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Ghandi

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON:And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.‌