What We Deserve…

I love this post – the art – actually, the whole blog here at Walking Spirals. Gary Rosenberg is incredibly creative and generous with that creativity [you may have noticed ‘credit – grosenberg’ accompanying artwork on my own posts from time to time ]. So I’m trying a first, in keeping with trying something new with the new year. I’m reblogging the entire post with gratitude for the sentiment and the ability to share it with my own readers.

Waking Spirals

 

“We deserve all the good things that happen to us. Don’t feel guilty. Accept the blessings”
— Paulo Coelho

 

When I first read the above quote, I was struck by how many different levels there can be in a simple eloquent statement. On the one hand I asked myself, is he saying that we deserve and are deserving of whatever comes to us either good or bad? Does that mean that people who suffer deserve their suffering? It occurred to me that that is a stretch for Mr. Coelho does not talk about the bad things but the good.
I have know several people who were so convinced that all they deserved was hardship and pain that when their lives actually improved, they sabotaged them because they did not feel they deserved it. In many cases, the people who did this were kids which made it even rougher…

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2 thoughts on “What We Deserve…

  1. This is an excellent post and comment. There is always the ying and yang of life. My friend and I were just talking about that–when things are bad and you hang in there with your spouse, it forges such a bond, and then when things are better, you can enjoy that depth. 🙂 This quote was also timely, because things have been good, and I have been feeling very guilty when I see the suffering of homeless, or read about someone losing their job (I do contribute to organizations who help, but it still makes my heart sink.) Thank you Sarah!

    • The pleasure is mine, Sara. Can’t take credit for the post, only for re-posting it here. But appreciate your appreciation of it and its impact. I also second what you say about hanging in. So many relationships fall apart on the first snag. It’s the challenges that truly forge the strength and depth. Congratulations to you!!

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