"There's an old saying that you can't have a war when one side doesn't show up. Be that side. DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO [in order] to address the situation and then walk away from the drama. Not only do you give yourself (and the problem) the greatest chance for a successful outcome, more important[ly], you protect your peace of mind – the most valuable gain of all."
- Cheryl Richardson, with emphasis and grammatical adjustments by yours truly
"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner