Wayne Muller Quotes: Being Special in Importance and/or Woundedness

Wayne Muller

Grandiosity and Importance

“As we grew, we began to feel responsible for how everything around us turned out– the happiness and suffering of our parents, our spouses, our friends, our colleagues and our children.  One of the reasons we learned to judge ourselves so mercilessly is that we held ourselves to a much higher standard than the rest of humanity.  Others were allowed to fail, to falter, to seek the help of others; we, on the other hand, were required to do it all perfectly, by ourselves, without a mistake, without the aid of anyone else.”  Continue reading “Wayne Muller Quotes: Being Special in Importance and/or Woundedness”

Quote of the Week: Wayne Muller

Wayne Muller


Allow yourself to play with the freedom that comes from being ordinary and nobody special.  The pressure is off.  You can relax.  Nothing special is expected of you.  Nobody is watching.  Why should they?  You are just an ordinary child of the earth.  Perfectly unexceptional, perfect just as you are.



from Legacy of the Heart:  The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood by Wayne Muller, Simon and Schuster, 1992, page 84.