Stay present even in the mud

“Even when we are in the thick muddiness of our pain, despair, and tenderness, we can grow through it as long as we are alive and present enough to bear witness.” ~Alex Elle

My first inclination in the muddy patches of life is to disconnect and avoid feeling as much as I can, but the only path to growth is through staying present in those times and bearing witness to the pain, despair, and struggle.

 

Image created with a stock photo from a Canva subscription package.

Mastering our hardships

Mastering our hardships

“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” ~Helen Keller

Life is consistently more rewarding for me when I focus on mastering the hardships life brings my way rather than wishing those hardships didn’t exist and feeling sorry for myself that they do.

What are you doing right now to master the hardships life has brought your way?

 

Image created with a stock photo from a Canva subscription package.

The value of rest

The value of rest

“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” ~Mark Buchanan

When I find myself needing healing, my innate tendency is to keep myself busy by working harder and harder. Inevitably, that approach ultimately backfires. All my work and busyness keep me away from the things that bring me most alive and slow my healing. It’s only when I allow myself to rest and nurture those things that bring to life that I move toward actual healing.

 

Image created with a stock photo from a Canva subscription package.