Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" Puts Feelings Into Words

Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" Puts Feelings Into Words

the hurting. the loving. the breaking. the healing.

After hearing the great reviews of Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" I had to pick up the book and see what all of the hype was about myself. Once completing this book I realized why it has become a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Her book is divided into four sections; the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Kaur finds a way to make the reader not only feel what she has gone through but take the reader through the journey of their lives too. She knows how to put the many feelings and emotions one experiences into perfect words and phrases which relate to the reader.

Here are just a few of my many favorite quotes by Kaur:

1. "how is it so easy for you

to be kind to people he asked

milk and honey dripped

from my lips as i answered

cause people have not

been kind to me"

2. "it is a part of the human experience to feel pain do not be afraid open yourself to it"

- evolving

3. "if you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise"

4. "don't mistake salt for sugar if he wants to be with you he will it's that simple"

5. "i thank the universe for taking everything it has taken and giving to me everything it is giving"

- balance

6. "the thing worth holding on to would not have let go"

7. "it takes grace to remain kind in cruel situations"

8. "to be soft is to be powerful"

9. "she was a rose in the hands of those who had no intention of keeping her"

10. "accept yourself as you were designed"

11. "you must want to spend the rest of your life with yourself first"

12. "give to those who have nothing to give to you"

- seva (selfless service)

13. "i have what i have and i am happy i've lost what i've lost and i am still happy"

- outlook

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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