Connected: The Joy Diet - Week Ten

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When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
(Dalai Lama)

Together, we have journeyed through Martha Beck's The Joy Diet and over the weeks we have learned a lot—about ourselves and each other.

The tiny discoveries and slight shifts in behavior from reading this book are not significant or profound, but I hope they endure the tests of time.

Finishing this chapter on Connection, I took away these two points:

  • You will win emotional security neither by finding some infallible person to love, nor by controlling people who are fallible, but by constantly using your ability to connect.

  • Becoming still will link you with those who are meant to love you.

As we finish the book and our journey together, my deepest hope is not that Beck's words stay with us, but that we are able to carry our friendships and connections with us on journeys to come.