October 6, 2011, 12:47 am
Filed under: Behavior, Mind, Spirit, Writing

“The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” -Frances Willard

I’ve been thinking of how often we spin our proverbial tires or move in vicious cycles, reliving the same mistakes and disappointments. Instead of searching for solutions and practicing them, we search for excuses or play the blame game. We talk, talk, talk when what we really want to do is move. We seek to solve an issue, but we focus on the problems instead. 

I drive throughout the day as part of my job. In between clients I’m normally blissing out to classical music on the radio or enjoying some uplifting lyrics on Word FM. (Mental break necessary!) One song in particular that often repeats on the latter is “Blessings”:

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

It always gets me thinking of the importance of enjoying our blessings while we have them. Those trials are periods that help us look deeper at the reality of what life is – an incredible journey filled with joy, but also of suffering. Suffering, I think, is inevitable, but can be transformed into something greater. I think much more suffering comes when we expect not to suffer. We expect life to happen with ease and comfort. This is not reality. Lyrics continued:

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise 

(“Blessings” by Laura Story)


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