Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it’s dead. But we’re allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that’s how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again.
How tempting to let the enemy go and flee. To put the struggle behind you as quickly as possible and get on with your life. Life might be easier then but far less genuine. Perhaps the wisdom lies in engaging the life you have been given as fully and courageously as possible and not letting go until you find the unknown blessing that is in everything.
~Rachel Naomi Remen, My Grandfather’s Blessings
It’s incredibly touching when someone who seems so hopeless finds a few inches of light
to stand in and makes everything work as well as possible. All of us lurch and fall,
sit in the dirt, are helped to our feet, keep moving, feel like idiots, lose our balance,
gain it, help others get back on their feet, and keep going.
~Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
Most of us have been in this place at one time or another, hopeless and searching desperately for a tiny patch of light, trying our damnedest to pull it all together—or at least not let it fall apart. I’ve been there more than once in recent years.
I do believe that, ultimately, getting through such times comes down to faith. I’m not talking about religious faith. I’m talking about the mundane kind of faith that gets you up in the morning and puts your feet on the ground and points you toward the realization that you are, in fact, still here—that whatever-it-was didn’t kill you while you were sleeping last night, and the world actually continued to turn.
This is kind of a good news/bad news thing to realize. Continue reading
Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
I feel that as long as the Earth can make a spring, I can; I won’t give up until the Earth gives up.
Lately, I’ve struggled with staying positive in the face of some extremely difficult circumstances. The path before me seems daunting, and I have doubted myself, second-guessed myself, succumbed to panic and despair and loneliness…and somehow climbed back out again, putting one foot in front of the other, grasping the tiniest threads of hope in my determination to move forward—only to sink back into yet another cycle of fear and doubt.
The last few years have been an emotional roller coaster, mostly resulting from my decision (based on strong messages from my intuition) to move to a new city and state, uprooting myself from the known to the unknown, from living in the midst of a community that knew and loved and looked out for me to a community in which I was a stranger, an outsider—a place that still doesn’t feel like home after more than five years.
Lately, there have been mornings when I’ve awakened feeling depressed before I even opened my eyes, and others when I’ve awakened with the cold fingers of panic clawing at my heart. This morning was leaning toward the latter, but this morning I also awakened with the face of my sister’s best friend (and her sister of the heart) floating up in my mind. Continue reading
“There are soul-justified reasons to cancel. There are times to just stop. This isn’t one of them. Keep going. Show up. Full on. Full tilt. Full out. Decide to be one of those people who pull it off….Decide to rise.”
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