My Favorite Saying
A Whole-Souled Woman
Inspiration in the face of negativity
By: Jill Jordan
“We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen appreciation of everything beautiful, great and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world should not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it; with a charity broad enough to cover the whole world’s evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even if it is, unless the offense be against God. Nothing short of our own errors should offend us. He who can willfully attempt to injure another, is an object of pity rather than resentment; while it is a question in my mind, whether there is enough of a flatterer, a fool or a liar, to offend a whole-souled woman.”
– Lydia Cornell
Whenever I feel insecure or sad, this quote always reminds me to have faith in myself, never take things too seriously and to pursue beauty in our world.
Sometimes, I really let what people do or say get to me. I keep in mind that as human beings, we each have a different background: family, friends, cultures, morals, values, etc. It’s incredibly important to try to be the best person I can be to make up for the bad energy in the world. Whoever tries to hurt me obviously has his or her own insecurities, and the only emotion I should feel toward that person is compassion. My dignity and self-respect block people from getting to me. Also, I try to see more of the beauty as opposed to the negativity in the world so I have a more positive outlook on life.