Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.

Anna Quindlen, Every Last One   (via awelltraveledwoman)

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If you are to die, realize that your life was a victory, and though you have lost, you first gained.

Rakishi, “things my father said.” cir. 1944.  (via 1924us)

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The idea of specialness occurs to me one night when I can’t sleep (or bake). That as good athletes, we defined ourselves as special, then submitted to a routine in which we did exactly as we were told. I think of the limitations that “specialness” requires: doing a series of very unspecial things, very well, over and over, a million times over, so that one special thing might happen, maybe, much later.

Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies (via robertogreco)

You cannot complete me, I cannot complete you.

A relationship cannot make two individuals whole, that is why we must be willing to give over our whole lives, even the life of the one person you love most, to Christ.

If you seek salvation in the arms of another, you will find more brokenness, but if you seek Christ, you will find grace; and that is of monumental importance in any relationship.

I can say you are beautiful, but the reality is that Christ offers more than words; that is greater than anything in this soul can offer.

If I am to love you, I must point you daily to the Father. If I am to care for you, I must be Christ daily. If I am to honor and cherish your heart, I must be willing to surrender it to Christ daily.

No other cornerstone is a relationship, or a single life, more worthy to be built on than the cornerstone of Christ.

T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)

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And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.

J.R.R.Tolkien :: The Return of the King