quote du jour ~walker

Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.

~Alice Walker, Living By The Word

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2 thoughts on “quote du jour ~walker

  1. I certainly know what she is talking about, as I suspect we all do. When I am in those darker places I have to remind myself that I am in a state of germination and to sit quiet and let the process occur. It’s not always easy, but the results are always the same…change and expansion.

    • Yes. :-) The last sentence of this quote pretty much describes the last four or five years for me. Sitting in a boat in a becalmed sea, waiting for the wind to shift and carry me to my next “destination”….

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