Surviving the fire

Surviving the fire

“I survived because the fire within me burned brighter than the fire around me.” ~Joshua Graham

When our lives go up in flames, the best way to make it through the fire is to have a brighter fire that burns within us—a reason for living, a purpose for our lives, a passion that drives us. This might be our love for our family or friends or beloved animal companions. It might be work (paid or unpaid) that expresses our passion or gives us our purpose. It might be our relationship with the Divine that sustains us as we serve the world around us. Whatever it is, finding and tending that fire within helps us withstand the fires that may sweep through our outer world.

What is your inner fire?

 

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Growth is a process

Growth is a process

“You do not just wake up and become the butterfly—Growth is a process.” ~Rupi Kaur

No matter how badly I may want to see changes in myself overnight, internal growth and transformation is always a slow process. Just like the caterpillar must do in the chrysalis, real transformation requires letting go of who I was before I can grow into what I’m becoming.

On those days when it feels like my life is crumbling around my ears, I cling to image of the butterfly and remind myself again and again of the importance of letting go, waiting patiently through the hidden and often undefined process of unbecoming and re-becoming in the chrysalis, and being ready to spread my wings once it’s time to emerge.

Just because I feel lost and uncertain doesn’t mean I’m on the wrong track. It usually means that I’m right where I need to be in the process of growth.

 

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