Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wading, Waiting, or Wisdom in the Sand

Which is it? 
Here's my answer... 

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I've had a ton going on lately. In my opinion, way too much for one person to manage. But each time I let it all get to me, You're not given more than you can handle, whispers softly in my head and then bleeds to my heart. Yes, for me the phrase comes from my faith, but I know most people have heard it or something similiar.

What do you believe? 

We've all known people or families whose lives seem to be taken over by challenge after challenge, struggle after struggle. We can't help but think Why them? or How do they do it? Do they have some inner strength the Forces that Be feel like testing? Or maybe they have a magnetic imbalance that draws negative energy. Could it be simply bad luck?

For me, our purpose here on Earth is to be, learn, grow, and share from our experiences. Wouldn't it be great if we could be spoon-fed wisdom? How much easier would that be? But it doesn't work that way. There must be a cost if we expect to receive. We must put ...one foot in front of the other... and experience life, in all its wonders, glories, and even gut-wrenching sorrows. And our payment, our reward is the precious gift of wisdom.

21 comments:

  1. :) You are a very strong and generous woman. I'm sure there isn't anything in this world that you can't handle. And you know that there many people you can cling to for support. If you need a rant, you know my email :o) XOXO

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  2. I love this post - just the encouragement we all need when things get tough. I hope you're doing okay and things lighten up for you soon!

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  3. One foot in front of the other keeps you from falling down.

    Great post.

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  4. So wise. :) Whatever your challenges, I know you can face them, especially if you have your faith on your side. *hugs*

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  5. THis is beautiful. It's going up on my wall of encouragement. =)

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  6. Jess - TY...
    Susan F. - very true.
    Anne - Absolutely!
    Susan KQ - TY...
    E. - Aw...so glad to hear it helps!

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  7. Oh, man. Buddhists believe we choose our lessons before we start our lives, but I've definitely learned a lot of things I'd rather not know. They are things that make me more compassionate, stronger... probably a better writer, but there are a lot of scars and they haven't stopped coming. So absolutely... one step at a time... just keep going. (I hear Dory a lot from Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming)

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  8. I've had to endure some things that I can't believe that I got through. But looking back it gives me great confidence that with God's help I can endure whatever the future holds because I'm not alone.

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  9. I love this post, and I completely agree with you. One of my mantras at times like that comes from Marianne Williamson: "Relax into things EXACTLY as they are." For some reason, that always soothes me.

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  10. I absolutely believe that it's not the things in life that define who we are, but how we react to them.

    Remain positive, have faith in yourself and your abilities and never be afraid to ask for help. Oh, and breathe. :)

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  11. Stated perfectly, Shannon. And breathing does help. lol :)

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  12. I'm so sorry you've had too much going on lately. I've been there and I know how hard it is and how much it can test you. Your attitude sounds perfect though. Each experience brings wisdom and if taken right, can help us truly appreciate life. (((hugs)))

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  13. It's so true. It's also easy in hindsight to look at some of the hardest times in my life and realize now how much I learned and how it made me a better person today.

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  14. Such a good point that it really wouldn't be wisdom if it was spoon-fed to us. We have to accumulate it through experience, because it's some how much more valuable that way. And really, life would be so dull if all the good things came by spoon. Grin.

    I finally, FINALLY, have progress to report. I've had a long dry spell. Thank you again for #Ws4u to keep me inspired to keep trying!

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  15. This post is exactly what I needed today. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and downtrodden, and this puts things into perspective. Also, thinking about the worst times of my life, I know I gained so much from them.

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  16. Lovely post, Sheri! Sometimes you just have to stop and tell yourself to "just breathe."

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  17. Faith is the only thing that carries me through the hard and crazy times.

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  18. Wonderful post Sheri. I think we all fall into those feelings, but taking one step at a time is great advice. <3

    You're awesome!

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  19. I know you'll manage and you've already said why, "You're never given more than you can handle." Of course, there are times when that doesn't seem true at all, but you'll make it true. I'm positive of that. Here's to making that next step.

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  20. Good luck pushing through all the hard work you have ahead of you. You have strong people there to help you. Sometimes only knowing the day will end is enough. Sometimes knowing the day is yours to command helps.

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