“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.”
Putting life’s challenges into perspective.
You can’t let an event in your life define who you are. It’s not what happens to you but what you do; how you respond to what happens to you that becomes part of who you are, defining your character to yourself and others.
Living life on life’s terms is not always easy or easily understood. In times of confusion it’s important to seek calm, and trust instead.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr
What matters in life is the motive behind our approach; how we treat one another and the messages we send through that treatment.
What matters is what we learn; that we learn, in order to affect change.
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Sometimes you have a week that just seems to drain you on every level. One where you’re pulled in so many directions, you feel like you’re a moving target, unable to zig-zag your way fast enough or far enough away from being wounded by the incoming arrow that seems hell-bent on piercing you right in the center of your heart.
You just feel like you can’t do it any more. You’re tired and you want to give up.
BUT, for the Grace of God (and the stubbornness he’s bestowed upon you or in this case, ME – thankfully) you can’t and you don’t and you make yourself get up and you just,
And since I have and I’ve gotten my second wind now, I say,
BRING IT ON!
This is for my friends and readers who might need a little help getting up……
by: Unknown Author
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
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“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