Words to Grow By



Day's End - Cannon Beach, Oregon

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. You learn that love doesn’t mean leaning; that kisses aren’t contracts, presents aren’t promises, and company doesn’t mean security.  

And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open; with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. 

And after a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. 
And you learn that you are strong, that you really do have worth, that you can endure, and that with every morning comes a new dawn.
– Veronica Shoffstall