“…The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this.
“Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: ‘These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting belief.”
—Henri J.M. Nouwen [Life of the Beloved]