Posts tagged ‘struggle’

August 26, 2014

Be patient, my dear, for the light will shine again

Thought for the moment, courtesy of Joan Anderson’s memoir The Second Journey:

Nothing worthwhile can be hurried — not the seasons, not birth or death, the coming of day, the moving into night; not a composition, a thought, a work of art, the form of a story. Patience is what makes each experience meaningful. Finding the time to be patient is what makes a life well lived.

Sometimes life hands you some real “lemons” of a moment. All you can do during these trying times is trust that the cycle of your experience will eventually swing back up into the positive again. Patience is key, but so is gentleness . . . gentleness with yourself, and with others, and with your heart, and with the hearts of others.

Life is ultimately circular in motion. What goes up must come down, but what goes down must come up again. Be patient; you will rise to the light again.

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March 6, 2014

We are all warriors worthy of compassion

Second thought of the day, courtesy of Scottish author and theologian Ian Maclaren (a.k.a. Reverend John Watson):

Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

It may appear, on the outside, that the people around you have it all together, that the events of their lives flow along smoothly with nary a ripple to disturb the surface of their perfect and enviable outer calm. Not so. Everyone has issues, obstacles and challenges in their lives. Everyone.

Unless you walk in a person’s shoes, it is impossible to know exactly what hardships he or she is battling under the surface of his or her everyday facade: illness, job woes, difficult or abusive relationships, self-confidence issues, family problems, financial turmoil, etc. So be kind to the folks around you, whether they smile at you or snap. Like you, they are simply making their best effort to survive and thrive.

A little compassion goes a long way under such circumstances.

November 23, 2013

It’s the storms that make us stronger

I just finished reading Katherine Palmer Gordon’s new book We are Born with the Songs Inside Us, a collection of stories profiling 16 successful and inspiring First Nations people living in British Columbia. One of the persons featured, First Nations educator Anne Tenning from the Chemainus First Nation, now a resident of Penticton, shares my exact perspective on the cyclical nature of life and the benefits of surmounting hardship. Says Anne:

Yes, life has highs and lows. But sometimes the most valuable teachings come from the lows. You just have to hang on, hunker down and ride out the storm. No matter how tumultuous it may be, the storm inevitably passes and the sun comes out again, and you will be left stronger and wiser for that storm you just weathered.

My opinion — and my experience — exactly.

It can definitely be hard to recognize the potential for sun when you’re stuck in the middle of a long, dark night. But nothing lasts forever, not even the worst storm imaginable. Relief — and light — will come again, and you will be so much stronger for it.