Peace with ourselves and positive connections with others—whether friends, partners or lovers, families of origin, chosen families or communities—allow us to lead more satisfying lives.


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 those depths.

—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.

—Audre Lorde,
The Black Unicorn

I survived, carried on, glad to be like a weed, a wild red poppy, rooted in life.

—Marilyn Buck, Wild Poppies