“We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~EM Forester
In fact, in-between this summer’s scheduling of movies, play-dates and pool-dates, making cupcakes and cannolis, I’ve been working diligently, behind the scenes, planning, packing and preparing to move forward, into the next phase of letting go and living life. There’s much to be done and as most things usually do, it all just kind of “came to a head” this week; the culmination of putting one foot in front of the other and doing what needed to be done to make things happen.
My heart speaks my blog each week and while it usually is a reflection of the previous week’s mood, an occurrence or a hope, this week took on a life of its own, presenting me with a plethora of hurdles; some expected, some not. Too many to narrow down into one writing. Too important not to write about at all.
“When we make peace with life events, even when things don’t go the way we want, we exhibit grace. When we manage stressful situations with humor, we exhibit grace. When we are accepting of others, we exhibit grace. Grace is not about physical beauty or having a ballerina’s poise. It is composed of generosity, forgiveness, and equanimity in the face of trying times.” ~Sarah Brokaw
I strive to exhibit grace.
While it wasn’t quite planned this way, from Monday to Friday, I found myself meeting with someone — a friend, family members, a colleague, my boss, my Realtor and my lawyer– to name a few — who will have a direct effect on the next phase of my efforts to forge ahead. Before each meeting I prayed for the right words to come to me when it was time to express my idea, my need or my feeling, knowing and truly trying to accept that each encounter’s outcome would be out of my control and could easily go the way I didn’t want it to.
I prayed for grace.
And as life would have it; some of my meetings went well, very well, better than I anticipated and others did not, as I knew would be possible. By Friday evening, I was drained by the challenges of each confluence but gratified by the fact that at least I had met them, all, head -on, with honesty and hopefully, some small amount of grace.
Photo Credit #1 Horizon by Hameed
Photo Credit #2 Sun-Rising