“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.” … Thomas Merton
Way-back-when a rock singer sang: “Some days are diamonds and some days are rust. How true! Having said that I do my best not to let the rusty days slow me down too much: I simply creak along at those times shedding no-longer-useful patterns and ways of reacting like bits and pieces of one of the old rust-buckets at the local wrecker’s yard.
The good news is that … on the flip side … when I “embrace (each situation) with courage, faith and hope” more situations, people and feelings appear that support that way of living. I can say this with great confidence as I have been through the dark times … have struggled to hold onto hope and to remember that Life walked beside me – even when I couldn’t feel It … and I have emerged out the other side with Perky Polly and Sunshine Sue, a little dusty and disheveled, but basically intact.
In the midst of chaos we can’t always perceive “precisely (what) is happening or exactly where it is all going” but what we can do is keep moving forward with the hope and intention of better days arriving … even in the presence of evidence to the contrary. Sometimes that is the biggest act of faith there is. On those days we have two choices: either grab hold of our Inner Faithful Fran or Frank and make them our best friend or stonewall them and struggle. I’m happy to report that there have been no “stonings” of unsuspecting, inner advocates over here and that Miss Perky and Ms Sunshine are thrilled to have a new friend. The whole crew & I are off to the beach to play in the sand and swim in the lake with Life … Faithful Fran and Life told me to invite you to come along too … remember to bring a towel!
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone