If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
-- Mother Teresa
This quote is near and dear to my heart. Not just because it is a great quote, but because it was given to me directly from one of the Sisters at the Mother Teresa Center in 2019 to be used in Chapter 5 of my book.
You see, during the editorial and legal review with my publisher for my book, 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙁𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩. 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙥𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛-𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙤𝙧𝙘𝙚, I was told I could only use a Mother Teresa quote if I obtained permission.
I will have to admit, I felt intimidated thinking I would have to reach out to the Mother Teresa Center for approval. We are talking about 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗮… Saint Teresa of Calcutta… a Nobel peace prize winner. The Catholic nun who 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱. I felt the pressure was on… this chapter better be great if I was submitting for approval.
After a very sweet back-and-forth with one of the sisters at the Mother Teresa Center, she not only gave me permission to use a quote, but after reading the chapter, suggested an even better quote than I had originally selected (the one I shared above).
With that said, 𝗜 𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱. For me, and if nothing else, I feel Chapter 5 in my book is blessed.😇 And with reviews like the ones to follow, I am happy I followed my heart and published the book with the goal that it would at least help one.
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘸𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬, 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱 𝘰𝘳 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱. 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘢'𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘣𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘩. 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬! -- Cathy
𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 - 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥, 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦. 𝘐 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 - 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶. 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘢'𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦, 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘴, 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵. -- Maria
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