The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.
I quickly realized that friendships without tomorrows, and the little anguishes of parting, were part of the pleasures of travelling. I resolutely avoided bores, saw only those who amused me. We spent afternoons taking long walks, nights drinking and talking, and then we would leave each other, never to meet again, and there were no regrets. How simple life was! No regrets, no obligations, my acts and gestures counted for nothing, no one asked my advice, and I knew no other rule but my whims.
Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
General Wolf Rules for Life:
3. Rove in Between
4. Render Loyalty
5. Love the Children
6. Cavil in Moonlight
7. Tune Your Ears
8. Attend to the Bones
9. Make Love
10. Howl Often
'Women Who Run With the Wolves', Clarissa Pinkola Estes