The Wisdom of Anais Nin

Anais Nin was an author, born of French-Cuban descent. Her writings often brought little pearls of wisdom; here are three of my favourites:

  • “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
  • “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

There is a theme of agency to Anais Nin’s work. A sense that what we carry inside of us; our intention to be self-reflective, to work towards the designing of our own life, will be our greatest tool to self-actualization.

We do this by being curious, by allowing time to reflect not only on how we may see something, but how it can be looked at from someone else’s perspective. It is often in these moments that we give ourselves permission to bloom.

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