"The greatest obstacle to connecting with our joy is resentment."
Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist nun and author of When Things Fall Apart, a wonderful book filled with wisdom and practical advice for living in the moment, embracing our fear, and moving fully into our pain and suffering rather than trying to escape.
"Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don't get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It's a very tender, nonaggressive, open ended state of affairs." (When Things Fall Apart, pg 10.)
"When you have made good friends with yourself, your situation will be more friendly too."