“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
We so often spend our effort trying to control life as if we could prevent challenges and hard times from coming our way, but we can’t stop the waves from coming. How much better to focus to on learning to surf life’s inevitable waves with skills of resilience and healing!
“The route to wholeness is not perfection but embracing the realities of our lives.” ~David G. Benner
The gold of our healing often comes more through our embrace of our lives and ourselves exactly as they are than through any movement toward a perfect ideal. Finding the beauty in our imperfections brings much more peace than the striving for perfection ever can.
“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. ~Hubert H. Humphrey
We have so much power to make a positive difference in the lives our friends. Are you taking the opportunities available to you for your healing and for theirs?
When our hearts get broken, it’s so tempting to look outside ourselves for healing, hoping that someone else can do that for us. But the power to heal our broken heart always comes from within. Others might help us on the healing journey, but we ultimately have to do the work ourselves. It is only then that we find the source of Grace from which healing flows.
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There’s a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen (from the song “Anthem”)
These lyrics have been on my mind a lot in the last couple of weeks—partially because of Leonard Cohen’s death last week and partially because I needed this reminder.
As a perfectionist, I tend to want to wait to act or speak until I have devised the perfect response to the moment, but that means I too often never do or say anything.
I appreciate the reminder that a perfect offering is not what is needed. What is needed is for me to show up and offer whatever it is I have to give for the healing and renewal of the world around me, no matter how imperfect my offering may be.
What are you able to give to the world around you here and now—no matter how imperfect it may be? Will you offer it anyway?