A Study In Contrasts

“The deeper and richer a personality is, the more full it is of paradox and contradiction. It is only a shallow character who offers us no problems of contrast.”

Madeleine L’Engle, Circle of Quiet

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  1. Ah – And the great irony is that all too often, we want to see ourselves (and the world to see us) without acknowledgement of the “other side of the coin.”

    Love the Henri Nouwen quote “Our brokenness also reveals something about who we are. Our sufferings and pains are not simply bothersome interruptions of our lives; rather they touch us in our uniqueness and our most intimate individuality. The way I am broken tells you something unique about me. The way you are broken tells me something unique about you. That is the reason for my feeling very privileged when you freely share some of your deep pain with me, and that is why it is an expression of my trust in you when I disclose to you something of my vulnerable side.”

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