Sometimes when I feel exhausted and overwhelmed about an inconvenient reality, I search for meaning or perspective or affinity in the thoughts of others. Last week I wandered into these words that worked for me.
“Our belonging to each other can’t be lost, but it can be forgotten. The life-giving link between vulnerability and courage has been discovered in recent days of the uncomfortable, We must walk through this crisis of our life together because we can move beyond it: with strong backs, soft fronts, and wild hearts.” – Brené Brown
“Not too long ago it was assumed that clean water is not important, that seeing the stars is not important. But now it is. And now I think we realize quiet is important, and we need silence — that silence is not a luxury, but it’s essential.” – Gordon Hempton
“The way the world bruises us as we make our way through life can weigh us down. Clouding our mind can also be the concerns of everyday life, the crises we anticipate, and those we are experiencing in the present. The news is yelling at us from different directions. In the eyes of many, much of the news is bad. Overwhelmed by the world, at the end of the day, we find ourselves slumped on the couch, unable or unwilling to do anything to correct this collapse.” – Sharon Salzberg
But today, I rise up off the couch willing and able to declare:
“We have all been touched by a fresh sense of fragility, in ourselves and in our social systems. This is a testing time. This is a time to accept that empathy is unlimited. This is a time to realize that you are doing better than you think you are. This is a time to elevate voices of hope. This is time to reimagine what is essential. This is a time for all believers to remember the author of Genesis is also the author of Revelation. He is still in the miracle business. Be encouraged. ” –Tyra GarlingtonUntil next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.