137/365 – The Karma of your Soul (Gary Zukav)

“You are the product of the Karma of your Soul.
The dispositions, aptitudes and attitudes that you were born with serve the learning of your soul.  As your soul learns the lessons that it must learn to balance its energy, those characteristics become unnecessary, and are replaced by others.  This is how you grow.  As you come to realise, for example, that anger leads nowhere, your anger begins to disappear and you move into a more integrated and mature orientation toward your experiences.  What once angered you now brings forth different responses.
Until you become aware of the effects of your anger, you continue to be an angry person.  If you do not reach this awareness by the time you return home, your soul will continue this lesson through the experiences of another lifetime.  It will incarnate another personality with aspects that are similar to your own.  What is not learned in each lifetime is carried over into other lifetimes, along with new lessons that arise for the soul to learn, new karmic obligations that result from the responses of its personality to the situations that it encounters.  The lessons that the soul has learned also are brought forward into other lifetimes, and this is how the soul evolves.  Personalities mature in time, and the soul evolves in eternity.”  – Gary Zukav (The Seat of the Soul)

136/365 – At this Time and this Place (Azar Nafisi)

“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place,
I told him,
like you’ll not only miss the people you love
but you’ll miss the person you are now,
at this time and this place,
because you’ll never be this way ever again.”
Azar Nafisi
(Reading Lolita in Tehran)

132/365 – Because I was Once a Child (Madeleine L’Engle)

“I am still every age that I have been.
Because I was once a child,
I am always a child.
Because I was once a searching adolescent,
given to moods and ecstasies,
these are still part of me, and always will be…
This does not mean that I ought to be trapped
or enclosed in any of these ages…
the delayed adolescent,
the childish adult,
but that they are in me to be drawn on;
to forget is a form of suicide…
Far too many people misunderstand
what *putting away childish things* means,
and think that forgetting what it is like
to think and feel
and touch and smell
and taste and see
and hear like a three-year-old
or a thirteen-year-old
or a twenty-three-year-old
means being grownup.
When I’m with these people I,
like the kids,
feel that if this is what it means to be a grown-up,
then I don’t ever want to be one.
Instead of which,
if I can retain a child’s awareness and joy,
and *be* fifty-one,
then I will really learn what it means to be grownup.”
–  Madeleine L’Engle
(A Wrinkle in Time)

131/365 – An Understanding Ear (Stephen King)

“The most Important Things are the Hardest to say.
They are the things you get Ashamed of,
because words Diminish them —
Words Shrink things that seemed Limitless
when they were in your head
to no more than living size when they’re brought out.
But it’s more than that, isn’t it?
The most Important Things
lie too close to wherever your Secret Heart is buried,
like Landmarks
to a Treasure your Enemies would love to steal away.
And you may make Revelations
that cost you dearly
only to have people look at you in a funny way,
not understanding what you’ve said at all,
or why you thought it was so important
that you almost cried while you were saying it.
That’s the worst, I think.
When the Secret stays Locked within
not for want of a Tellar
but for want of an Understanding Ear.”
– Stephen King 
(Different Seasons)