— Do you still want it?

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There is a way out of the prison

You can escape,

If you want to

But, you have to want to

Do you want to be free,

Or do you like holding onto the key?

Freedom comes at a price

To be free

You have to give up some of those things

You know, poor me

I’m not free

Look at how they hurt me

Freedom brings peace

And many other good things

Maybe you get some sympathy

By not being free

After all, who would you be

If you were free?

Aren’t there some benefits

to being — well…


— It’s good for you.

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“Anger is in itself neither good nor bad — it’s what you do with it that matters.”

Tod Kashdan and Robbert Biswas-Diener

It’s interesting how people react when I talk about my anger. It makes them so uncomfortable.

We live in a society where positive emotions are celebrated and darker ones are shunned. We believe anger should be taken to a quieter place, such as a counseling room or some hidden support group.

What’s wrong with talking about anger?

It’s amazing how quickly people want to say, ‘there, there, Orla — everything’s going to be okay. …


Wait for its perfect timing

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You enter into a new season

It arrives unannounced

You are pregnant with new life

The gestation period is slow

Your new creation is being formed

Knit together

— in the incubation of your soul

When you are ready to connect deeply with it

It will prepare to emerge

It will be as though you were always one

You become the vessel of your creation

You surrender to being the vessel to which the work comes

and has its entry into the world

It comes in and through you

You are open, trusting, and available

Ready to receive it

It…


Photo was taken by the author: Braga, Portugal

Different spaces


Live the life you really want and will experience genuine gratitude.

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For many years I was extremely self-sufficient. I didn’t need help from anyone. I could earn money, I was healthy and I was good at making friends.

That way of living worked for me for many years. It wasn’t until I decided to live by faith that my understanding of gratitude changed.

I didn’t know true gratitude until I could no longer make things happen by myself. I was fortunate enough to have a good job that paid well, but over time it became a trap.

Let me explain.

It became a trap because as I started to get to…


Oh yes, I did hear that quote many times before and forgot it.

Thank you Spyder :)

Orla Kenny

Posts on spirituality, personal growth, health, relationships, and traveling light.

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