Trust the process

“Grapes must be crushed to make wine. Diamonds form under pressure. Olives must be pressed to release oil. Seeds grow in darkness. Whenever you feel crushed, under pressure, pressed or in darkness, you’re transforming. Trust the process.” ~Lalah Delia

When challenges come our way and our life as we have known it is crumbling before our eyes, it often feels like the end of the world for us. It’s easy to let fear take control in moments like these. Recognizing that these are moment of transformation makes it easier to face the fear, have courage, and trust the process to lead us into new beginnings.

 

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Let it nurture you

Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will.” ~Cheryl Strayed

I love this idea of taking ownership of whatever happens to me. I may not have chosen it. I may not have any control over it. I may not like it. But I can choose to digest it to make sure it nurtures me and feeds my growth anyway.

 

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The strongest oak tree

oak tree standing alone in a field with setting sun behind it

“The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napoleon Hill

Like an oak tree, we grow stronger by having faced life’s challenges. That’s one of the many forms that our kintsugi gold can take.