I Will Tell You About Selfish People

-Rupi Kaur

Bet you are going to have an overwhelming urge to forward this reading. Be our guest.

First line: I will tell you about selfish people. Last line: And this is how you lose her…

To Do List (After The Breakup)

-Rupi Kaur

“Whatever you do, do not call…” and 14 more solid pieces of advice to get you through a break-up.

First line: 1. Take refuge in your bed. Last line: 16. Breathe…

And Once The Storm Is Over

-Haruki Murakami

Once you get past the heartbreak, you won’t be the same person as when it started…thank god.

First line: And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. Last line: That’s what this storm’s all about…

Healing Is F*#king Messy

-Tanya Markul

Healing sure is f*#king messy, but it’s better than not healing.

First line: Healing is f*#king messy. Last line: So don’t worry about fixing any part of you and let your wicked shambles raise the goddamn roof on this whole thing…

Heartbreak Isn’t Beautiful

-Author Unknown

Pretty dark but real. Written by one pissed off unknown author about heartbreak.

First line: Heartbreak isn’t beautiful. Last line: Don’t act like anything about heartbreak is beautiful because I wouldn’t wish that feeling upon my worst of enemies…

The Kind Of Prayer That God Answers

-Rabbi Harold Kushner

Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, and other titles, knows about coping with tragedy from personal experience. His son, Aaron, died at the age of 14 from progeria. Rabbi Kushner believes that with life can come great hardship and that prayers for anything other than the strength and courage to handle it are likely to go unanswered.

First line: This is the kind of prayer that God answers. Last line: I would like to believe that they received those things from the context of a concerned community, people who made it clear to them that they cared, and from the knowledge that God is at the side of the afflicted and the downcast…

Forgive Yourself

-Maya Angelou

This is an exquisite reading about forgiving yourself. Something we can all do better. It is easy to see why Maya Angelou was one of Barack Obama’s favorite poets.

First line: I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. Last line: If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell, we should never teach…

Life Is Moving On

-Rami M. Shapiro

“…When happy, do what’s next. When sad, do what’s next.” This is a seven-line poem by Rami Shapiro about moving on no matter what. So good.

First line: When I understand that life is moving on. Last line: When happy, do what’s next. When sad, do what’s next…

You Will Lose Someone

-Anne Lamott

Oh! Such a sweet reading by that smarty, Anne Lamott.

First line: You will lose someone you can’t live without, your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. Last line: It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly, that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp…


A Prayer For Those Affected By Fire

-Rabbi Paul Kipnes

We included this blessing as a reminder, not so much of the fires in California, but about how talking about current events can be incorporated into a blessing. Other religions do this all the time, not so much with Jews, but we should try.

First line: Our God and God of our fathers and mothers, as the flames burn, wreaking havoc upon our forests, our homes, our firefighters, our sense of security, we turn to You for comfort and support. Last line: Blessed are You, O God, who differentiates between the truly valuable and everything else…

Heartbreak Short But Sweet

-Multiple Authors

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