Drained: Stories of People Who Wanted More by Johann Christoph Arnold

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Whenever we are able to take an honest look at ourselves – ‘warts and all’ – it should not be hard to refocus on our need for peace. 32 Drained burn your fingers (again) 6 Burn Your Fingers (Again) Trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with his own sacred tears. Kahlil Gibran F rom childhood on we are taught that it is dangerous to trust, and in a way this is true.

42 Drained what you really, really want 8 What You Really, Really Want Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. W. H. Murray A shley Meaney had ‘the look’. It set him apart from the friends of his youth in Melbourne. By the time he was nineteen, it had won him entry into Europe’s fashion scene and placed him squarely in the ranks of the ‘beautiful people’. His world revolved around the runways of Paris, Milan and London. I was young. I’d made the scene.

It depends so little on the circumstances; it depends really only on what happens inside a person. ’ In my experience, the most common root of ingratitude is not hardship, but a false understanding of happiness. Bonhoeffer understood that the presence or absence of hardship need not have anything to do with our state of mind or soul. Most of us, though, attempt to weigh our happiness on an external scale –good things stacked against bad. As for the good things – family, food, house, friends, love, work – if we are honest, we must admit that we often take them for granted.

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