Every now and then I read a book that just grabs my heart and before I know it I've changed the color of the book from black and white to black, white and yellow because of all my highlighting!
The name of the book is Blind Hope; An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued - by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher.
It's a true story about a woman (Laurie Sacher) who adopted a sickly dog who eventually went blind. The lessons and personal growth that Laurie experienced and the relationship that developed between Mia (the dog) and her is just magnificent. I highly recommend the read.
Now here's some of my favorite quotes from the book:
To move away from our difficult lessons to quickly, to not take time and feel their weight, is to be robbed of their rich purposes.
Honest confrontations with one self are the most difficult confrontations of all.
Strength doesn’t come from strength – it grows out of our weakness.
By allowing myself to be carried by every restless wave in the sea of my emotions, I always lived in a very unstable place. Nothing was ever my fault. Everything always just happened to me. Therefore, I could play the role of a victim who had no responsibility to change.
My current difficult circumstances aren’t nearly as important as what I decided to do with them. How I act in the challenging situations determines who I really am and what I really believe. When I view my life from that perspective, it’s far easier for me to focus on what I should do instead of on what I think I should have.
The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it! It’s greener where contentment flows. Stop wishing for what we don’t have and start caring for what we do!
In my need for self-protection I’ve pulled so far back from anything that could emotionally challenge me to grow that I’ve compromised growing altogether.
Perhaps one or several of these quotes hit home for you. If so, I'm glad. Because when we can read something and be willing enough to see how it relates to our own life then we are on the path of introspection, growth and mastery of our life.