Remembering Without the Pain

“Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain.”
~ Celia Cruz,
a.k.a. Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso
Singer-Performer (1950-2003), 80+ Albums & Songs Recorded, Gold Records (23X), Latin Grammy Awards (4X), Grammy Awards (5X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1987), Guinness World Record Book (1987 Carnaval Tenerife – Islas Canarias, Spain), Yale University Honorary Doctorate of Music (1989), Celia Cruz Way Street Dedication (1990 Miami, FL, Calle Ocho Walk of Fame Star (1991), Golden Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award in Music (1991 Hollywood, CA), Hispanic Women Achievers Award (1992),
Desi Awards Favorite Film Actress (1992 Hollywood, CA), Encuentro Lifetime Achievement Award (1992 Washington D.C.), La MUSA de Oro Life Time Achievement Award (1994 Caracas, Venezuela), Billboards Latin Music Hall of Fame Award (1994), University of Panama Life Time Achievement Award (1994), Walk of Fame Star Amador Bendayan (1995 Caracas, Venezuela), Costa Rica’s Walk of Fame Star (1997), Galeria Walk of Fane Star (1997 Mexico City, Mexico), Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award (1998 Washington, DC)
University of Miami Honorary Doctorate in Music (1999), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (1999)
New York’s Central Park Summer Stage (2002), Calle Celia Cruz Street Dedication (2004 Tenerife, Spain), Celia Cruz Way Street Dedication (2004 Union City, New Jersey), Guinness World Record Book Longest Working Career as Salsa Artist (2005), Celia Cruz Square Dedication (2005 Hollywood, CA) & United States Postal Service Commemorative Postage Stamp (2011)
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Blessing Somebody Else While You’re Hurting

“The best thing you can do when you’re hurting is to go be a blessing to somebody else.”
~ Joyce Meyer
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist
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Creating Emotional Barriers

“Every time we hurt another person, we create an emotional barrier and it doesn’t go away with the passing of time. It goes away with an apology and forgiveness.”
~ Dr. Gary Chapman
Author & Radio Talk Show Host.
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Activating Your Passion & Purpose

“Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose that God predestined inside of you. God says in Jeremiah, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.”
~ Chadwick Boseman,
Actor, Director & Writer

Tribulation without Stain

“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it,
not without pain but without stain.”
~ C.S. Lewis
a.k.a. Clive Staples Lewis
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Novelist, Poet, Academic, Medievalist, Literary Critic,
Essayist, Lay Theologian, Broadcaster, Lecturer, & Christian Apologist
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Letting Pain Push Us Into Purpose

“There’s a great gospel song that says, “Turn your pressure into praise!”
That’s what David and I try to do in our family, let pain push us into purpose.”
~ Tamela Mann,
Actress, Singer, Grammy Award (2017), Dove Award (2X), Stellar Awards (5X) & BET Award (2014)

Life’s Victories & Failures, Joys & Pains

“I’m telling people life is full of ups and downs, victories and failures, joys and pains, good and ugly,
and someday it’s all going to come to something beautiful.
Sometimes we don’t understand. Sometimes it’s to develop us or to focus us.
But it’s all for a reason. … When I look at my life and how far I’ve come,
I have to say it’s a masterpiece. I’m blessed through it all.”
~ Deitrick Haddon,
Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Pastor, Actor & Pianist
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Resentment is Corrosive

“When we have painful memories from hurting experiences, we may feel justified in holding on to the resentment.
But resentment is corrosive.
It doesn’t affect the person we feel anger toward, it destroys the host.” 
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)

Thriving in the Middle of the Pain

“It was such a blessing to find myself thriving
in the middle of the pain. Unless you find a way to do that,
there’s always going to be this fake illusion that once you get there–
wherever “there” is for you–you’ll be happy.
But that’s just not life. If you can’t find happiness in the ugliness,
you’re not going to find it in beauty, either.”
~ Joanna Gaines,
Co-Owner, Co-Founder & Lead Designer – Magnolia Homes,
& Co-Star – Fixer Upper

Forgiving You & Them

“Forgive those who have hurt you.
Forgive yourself for your
faults and your mistakes and move on.”
~ Les Brown,
a.k.a Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown
Motivational Speaker, Author, Radio DJ, Television Host &
Ohio House of Representatives (1-3-1977 – 1-3-1983)

That Book, It’s My Life

“Inside that book, it’s my life-all the places
where I’m hurting or I laughed
or I cried or I prayed.
And I’ve had to pray a lot!”
~ June Carter Cash,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Dancer, Comedian, Author,
Grammy Awards (5X) & Christian Music Hall of Fame (2009)