It’s easy to forget in the deepest, darkest moments how connected I am. Connected to my immediate family, my church family, all the I have touched, and all the people I will touch. Pain can be overwhelming and convince you that you are alone, that going on with life is hopeless, it might as well end now before more suffering occurs. But if I take a moment to reflect on how severing those connections would hurt those I am connected to, the pain of leaving is great enough to keep me here. Connections are what is keeping me here fighting my way through the muck, the mire, the agony, the hopelessness and despair. Life is so hard all on it’s own. Life is harder when one is forced to deal with pain inflicted by other people who were bigger and stronger. The strongest connection of all keeps a small ray of light shining ever present in the darkness, in the deepest pain, the lowest despair. That connection calls me to take another step, no matter how much it hurts, even if I think my legs are broken, or my muscles torn. A single ray of light offering me hope. “Stay connected”, He says, “don’t give up.”
This is me, telling you, what I think.
Truths to ponder…
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
-George Bernard Shaw
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
Problems are like washing machines, they twist us, spin us, and knock us around, but in the end, we come out cleaner, brighter, and better than before.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,
It's about learning to dance in the rain
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
-Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!
Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words
- St. Francis of Assisi