“There are dreams of love, life, and adventure in all of us.”

Just this morning I ‘re-discovered’ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. And now I’m sad that I never met her. Elisabeth was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, born on July 8, 1926  and lived until August 24, 2004. She was the author of the internationally best-selling book, On Death and Dying. Her life’s work is all around us – the stages of grief, treating people with compassion, and changing the way we look at terminal illness. “Treat the dying with dignity.”

But even before we get to the place of death – We have to LIVE! I read some of her most beautiful quotes this morning. Each one of them felt like they came from my own heart.

  1. “There are dreams of love, life, and adventure in all of us. But we are also sadly filled with reasons why we shouldn’t try. These reasons seem to protect us, but in truth they imprison us. They hold life at a distance. Life will be over sooner than we think. If we have bikes to ride and people to love, now is the time.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  2. “We are living in a time of uncertainty, anxiety, fear, and despair. It is essential that you become aware of the light, power, and strength within each of you, and that you learn to use those inner resources in service of your own and others’ growth.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  3. “There is within each one of us a potential for goodness beyond our imagining; for giving which seeks no reward; for listening without judgment; for loving unconditionally.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  4. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  5. “We think sometimes we’re only drawn to the good, but we’re actually drawn to the authentic. We like people who are real more than those who hide their true selves under layers of artificial niceties.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  6. “The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  7. “Real love doesn’t die. It’s the physical body that dies. Genuine, authentic love has no expectations whatsoever; it doesn’t even need the physical presence of a person. … Even when he is dead and buried that part of you that loves the person will always live.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  8. “It is very important that you only do what you love to do. you may be poor, you may go hungry, you may lose your car, you may have to move into a shabby place to live, but you will totally live. And at the end of your days, you will bless your life because you have done what you came here to do. Otherwise, you will live your life as a prostitute, you will do things only for a reason, to please other people, and you will never have lived. and you will not have a pleasant death.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  9. “We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  10. “Death is but a transition from this life to another existence where there is no more pain and anguish. All the bitterness and disagreements will vanish, and the only thing that lives forever is love.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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