You Were Made For This

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Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these -- to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. [...]

In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

--Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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    On Mar 21, 2020 Debbie wrote:
    Gee, I needed this! And so does Cole...#worrywarts

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    On Mar 19, 2020 Beverley Fraser wrote:
    Beautifully said. As the granddaughter of a very old salt,hopefully we can calm the waves.

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    On Mar 17, 2020 Mary Garner wrote:
    Love Love Love!

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    On Jan 29, 2020 Antonia wrote:
    That is lovely, and resonates. Thank you xxx

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    On Jan 23, 2020 Kelly wrote:
    This mirrors my sentiments exactly. Thank you for this lovely post. Also thoroughly enjoyed your book "Women Who Run With the Wolves"...one of those books you can read again and again. Have shared with many people.

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    On Jan 20, 2020 Karen wrote:
    Love these words. Thank you💕💕🙏🙏

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    On Jan 20, 2020 Christine wrote:
    Thanks for your words ! I really have a pleasure, telling jou something about myself, why I am touched by your words. Sorry for my "small" English. Once, 3 years ago, I was invited for a lunch, for thanking me, helping during a period of dancing with others.(5 rhytms) We are invited to sit near next to very tiny objects. I chose immediatly a sailingship, intuitively. Not understanding why. Trusting that once I would understand the reason why. Today, when I read your words, I first understand, how to live my life. How I can change my direction. To be more tuned to my soul: an enthousiastic dancing and moving child. Not "only" a housekeeper. But really thankfull for having loving relation-SHIPS (Ha ha): my brave and sick 90 years old mother, my son and daughter, partner,brother and others, who I really love. There was a time in my life, loving a man, who give me and my children, all his shit. Four years I don 't act, what was needed: to say "stop" to hi... [View Full Comment] Thanks for your words !
    I really have a pleasure, telling jou something about myself, why I am touched by your words.
    Sorry for my "small" English.

    Once, 3 years ago, I was invited for a lunch, for thanking me, helping during a period of dancing with others.(5 rhytms)
    We are invited to sit near next to very tiny objects.
    I chose immediatly a sailingship, intuitively.
    Not understanding why.
    Trusting that once I would understand the reason why.
    Today, when I read your words, I first understand, how to live my life. How I can change my direction. To be more tuned to my soul: an enthousiastic dancing and moving child.
    Not "only" a housekeeper.
    But really thankfull for having loving relation-SHIPS (Ha ha): my brave and sick 90 years old mother, my son and daughter, partner,brother and others, who I really love.
    There was a time in my life, loving a man, who give me and my children, all his shit. Four years I don 't act, what was needed: to say "stop" to him and leave him. I lost my selfrespect.
    Ten years later: I feel safe enough to
    leave my harbour, letting go my needs to get safe, only by another(very nice) man.
    Now I am safe enough, I'll trust myself, my intuition, my questions for helping me.
    Now I can feel the "calling" wind again.
    Simple by speaking my truth about the pain, caused by people, who will damage me and others, for speaking judgements and killing words about others. What it means to me in the past, not showing my deepest feelings of being so lonely, stressed, depressed.

    I now let go all my fears, of not being good enough, not succesfully enough, not brave enough, to sail away from people, who will press me down, who have no respect for my way of restoring (my) trust in myself and whats really need to be done.
    Focussed on the wind, where she is going, what needs my attention.
    I say "hello" to my happiness and Light. I welcome you, I embrace your happiness and Light.
    I wish the best for you.
    Do it your own way, in your time and rhytm. I do it my way !
    If you like it, to react: welcome to you.

    Thank you, for your inspiring words.
    Bye!!
    Christine Reeders.(the Netherlands)




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    On Jan 20, 2020 freddigreenmantle wrote:
    YES absolutely

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    On Jan 19, 2020 Kim Lesley Davidson wrote:
    Thankyou! I loved Women Who Run With The Wolves & I love this bit of encouragement. Thankyou for being on deck yourself!

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    On Jan 19, 2020 Nikki wrote:
    Thank you for these wise words. I also will not keep a chair for despair and try to keep my light shining.

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    On Jan 18, 2020 Debee wrote:
    Thanks for the reminder - I was feeling like my lanternwas dull :) this message adds a nice spark to these darker days!

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    On Jan 16, 2020 Amy Sander wrote:
    I have become so much better @ & prepared to be the calm, to shine my light in the storm. The more I do, the easier it is for me. I know it helps.

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    On Jan 15, 2020 shona wrote:
    Lovely words. They speak volumes of self love and truth. Thank you

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    On Jan 12, 2020 Terri wrote:
    This stirred my heart, spoke to my soul. I have shared it with others, spread the word. Thank you. The Quakers tell me to 'live adventurously' and I will shine out as best I can.

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    On Jan 12, 2020 Ann McGovern wrote:
    Just listened to Calm my Soul put out by the Poor Clares (religious community) in Galway; it fits with this reflection, I believe.

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    On Jan 11, 2020 Peta Inglesent wrote:
    Thank you

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    On Jan 11, 2020 Roddy Maude-Roxby wrote:
    Yes, I will improvise, meet up, play and put out drawings , allow my soul to shine. Thank you.

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    On Jan 10, 2020 Ainslie Brennan wrote:
    Thank you so much for this. It's been proven that kind and selfless acts bathe the brain mood elevating endorphins. A win win for all!

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    On Jan 9, 2020 Emma Mary wrote:
    Thank you for this, it touched my heart and reminded me how well we are doing as we survive the latest onslaught, and return battered and bruised but ready and willing to continue to contribute where and when we can. We are stronger than we think!

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    On Jan 8, 2020 Lesley Porter wrote:
    Oh this is like a balm to my saddened heart and soul. With our country burning and the lands of my childhood, NSW South coast now in ashes I have felt deep sadness in connection with these fires and the memories of long ago, as a child with my mother at her mother's property on the Clyde River at Bateman's Bay. Thank you Clarissa for the reminder to be present with ...what is within my reach.

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    On Jan 8, 2020 Barbary O'Brien wrote:
    Thank you. Definitely a thought and practice for our times x

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    On Jan 8, 2020 Clare Hodges wrote:
    Powerful words from a writer I have great admiration for ever since Women Who Run With The Wolves. In the deepest part of me I know this to be true and will try hard to do my bit.

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    On Jan 8, 2020 Joei wrote:
    More of these words need to be read and available cause we all need hope to transform and shine brilliant light on these times!

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    On Jan 8, 2020 Gina wrote:
    This spoke to my soul and couldn't have come at a better time. Thank you!!

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    On Jan 7, 2020 Erika Kightlinger wrote:
    Thank you!

    I keep this quote on my fridge:



    One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these -- to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.


    It is so true, and I am grateful today for the reminder that I ma not built to be kept in a
    safe harbor. There are times for it...and truly it is not what I was built for.

    Bleasings,

    ErikaK

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    On Jan 7, 2020 Samatha Egan wrote:
    We can only become the reflection in order for those in need to shine 🌟🖤🤍

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    On Jan 6, 2020 betsy wrote:
    Every open heart and mind is necessary to catalyze change.

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    On Dec 13, 2019 Rachel wrote:
    It’s important to listen to what people want to be sure your helping not hindering I love to feel useful it’s great doing the little things that to someone else is Massive
    amazing writing thanks for sharing

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    On Dec 13, 2019 Natasha hannaford wrote:
    I tried to help people today and it felt good x.Thank you Astrid and Becca for your kindness

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    On Oct 17, 2019 Victoria wrote:
    I read this every year to my choir of high school students. It's rich with powerful metaphor and profound inspiration.

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    On Oct 9, 2019 Cynthia Pease wrote:
    Part of this was read at a prayer circle I belong to this morning. I had not read any of Ms. Estes' work, but I was gobsmacked by the beauty and wisdom here. "Soul on deck" is so powerful! This speaks to all times and places and situations. Thank you.

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    On Sep 13, 2019 KerryAnne wrote:
    So beautifully written and timelessly relevant. Thank you for sharing this inspiration. Consider it on the wall!

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    On Aug 14, 2019 Klaudia van Gool wrote:
    Thank you this feels so true. Every time I ask what I'm here for I get a version of this

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    On May 7, 2019 Sharon wrote:
    More important than ever

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    On May 3, 2017 Lori wrote:

     I stumbled upon this post this morning as I was checking a quote. The full message is a fun find and feels incredibly powerful 9 years later. Thank you for these beautiful words. <3 


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    On Jan 25, 2017 David Clark wrote:

    These famous words. "Ye are Gods. Be ye perfect even as your father in heaven is perfect. These things that I have done, ye too shall do, and even greater things than these shall ye do." Those words were meant for YOU.


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    On Dec 2, 2016 Mary Louise Wise wrote:

     Thank you for this reflection.  I have been talking with class members in a counseling course I teach, about
    kindness.   And I will be sharing your reflection with them next week.  


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    On Nov 30, 2016 Stephanie wrote:

     Powerfully inspiring---a timeless message!


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    On Nov 14, 2016 Vesna Mitrovich wrote:

     at last a little hope post election.  except this was written years ago!


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    On Nov 7, 2014 Lee Ireland wrote:

     Oh, how these words ring true for me these days!  Many thanks for sharing them  and offering them to us in our public conversation.  Gratefully, Lee ireland


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    On Aug 31, 2013 marian rapoport wrote:
     it is 3 o'clock in the morning and somehow (though i don't believe in coincidences) my ship was guided to this particular harbor where, yes, i do feel safe and able to moor.  i promise you i will not stay here, but will continue on my journey as a 66 year old woman for whom the beloved crone years are the very best.  the wild and wise path, whose forest trails have been sketched with such fierce tenderness and love by clarissa pinkola estes, is one that the "hungry boots" of my youth long ago touched down on, as if i never had a choice.  i have stumbled much and often tripped on the tree roots beneath my feet, especially when journeying through the woods when dark or moving too fast.  it is fellow travellers like ms. estes who illuminate the markers on the trails and call out with wisdom and reassurance when i'm miraculously back on track. she is a compass, a guide, and sometimes - i suspect - that fierce eagle flying above whose soaring and dipping... [View Full Comment]

     it is 3 o'clock in the morning and somehow (though i don't believe in coincidences) my ship was guided to this particular harbor where, yes, i do feel safe and able to moor.  i promise you i will not stay here, but will continue on my journey as a 66 year old woman for whom the beloved crone years are the very best.  the wild and wise path, whose forest trails have been sketched with such fierce tenderness and love by clarissa pinkola estes, is one that the "hungry boots" of my youth long ago touched down on, as if i never had a choice.  i have stumbled much and often tripped on the tree roots beneath my feet, especially when journeying through the woods when dark or moving too fast.  it is fellow travellers like ms. estes who illuminate the markers on the trails and call out with wisdom and reassurance when i'm miraculously back on track. she is a compass, a guide, and sometimes - i suspect - that fierce eagle flying above whose soaring and dipping show what it looks like to be free.  


    i suppose that yes, great ships are meant to sail in the vastness of the ocean waters.  but without a harbor to rest in and sometimes call "home," they would easily weary and sometimes get lost.  in that blessed sense, clarissa tosses me an anchor that i cherish for it is one of the few i have ever known.  of course, she soon sends me on my way, but with the loving admonition that i brave the choppy waters and still - in my soul - know that i am safe. 





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    On Nov 6, 2012 LJK wrote:
     But what am I made for?

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    On Jan 30, 2008 meenakshi Srinivasan wrote:
    So true. I find great satisfaction in teaching middle school children. The "turmoil" they face is amazing and I feel good being a "calm" center for them to respond to.

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    On Jan 29, 2008 DD wrote:
    ah... I seem to be in alignment with most who have posted a reply today to these beautiful words. We are One? ah, yes, I think so.
    Peace.

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    On Jan 29, 2008 Easan wrote:
    Beautiful words of wisdom. Thank you.

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    On Jan 29, 2008 choclet pi wrote:
    A very timely email for me, as a the last week or so I have been feeling overwhelmed by all the things that 'need to be put right' in the world.
    I am a little confused at the last paragraph..it is good advice, but seemingly starts a completely new train of thought.

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    On Jan 29, 2008 Conrad wrote:
    I am inspired by what she said. I will email to several people.
    With gratitude.

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    On Jan 29, 2008 Sonia wrote:
    This quote has really hit home for me today,I am blessed and with this wisdom today!

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    On Jan 29, 2008 Jonathan wrote:
    It has been too long that I have been without Estes' readings to ponder what life is truly about. In the age of global everything, we loose a grasp on what is most important...those around us. We forget that we have a powerful, positive influence here and every day by living our true nature and showing it to the world. Blessings for bringing this shining wisdom to me today!

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    On Jan 29, 2008 Nnenna wrote:
    I find this series truly uplifting. Enjoy it.

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