This week’s focus is on truth and sanity. Today I share some of the inspirational quotes and resources that help me in my quest for serenity through commitment to truth. This is the road to sanity.
Sometimes the “Truth” is more than we wish to bear, in the kaleidoscope of our mind, we sometimes choose to believe what is comfortable or convenient which suits our perspective of the given moment, than the metaphysical reality.
—Kevin Harris (via Frank Russo)
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
God, grant me the serenity to accept things that I cannot change; The courage to change the things I can; And the wisdom to know the difference.
—Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr
The longest journey a man must take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart.
A neurosis is a secret that you don’t know you are keeping.
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please – you can never have both.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.
—Rita Mae Brown
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
—Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia
If no one responds to your call, go forward alone.
If no one talks to you, oh luckless one,
If everyone turns away from you in fear,
Reveal your thoughts and express your ideas to yourself.
If everyone leaves you while you are traveling a dangerous road,
If no one wants to look after you,
Walk on alone, on the road strewn with thorns, trampling on them with bleeding feet.
If no one shows a light, if in the dark stormy night everyone shuts their doors,
Use your rib as a torch, lit from the fire of thunder.
A few unflinching blogs and books that help us move toward our truths:
- Anne Wilson Schaef’s Living in Process: Basic Truths for Living the Path of the Soul
- Carol Tavris’ and Elliot Aronson’s Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
- Gail Brenner’s A Flourishing Life
- Harriet Lerner’s The Dance of Deception: A Guide to Authenticity and Truth-Telling in Women’s Relationships
- John Bradshaw’s Family Secrets: The Path to Self-Acceptance and Reunion
- Jonathan Mead’s The Illuminated Mind
- Marc Winitz’ Black Belt Guide
- Robin Easton’s Naked in Eden
What do you use as inspiration to keep you sane? I’d love to hear.