I take a Spinning class a few times a week (group biking class with loud music). The instructor often uses the phrase, "resistance is hard." She is talking about the bike of course, but I am reminded of life's little lessons every time she says that. Resistance is hard. Life is complicated. Relationships are work. Happiness is a choice. Joy is a Blessing.
We have become so accustomed to ease in our society that I think sometimes we forget that difficulty is part of life. Pain is part of the deal. Instead of avoiding the pain, or looking for the easy way out when it comes--we have to learn to accept it. I believe in a God who wants us to be happy, balanced and at peace. The hard part is finding that in adverse times. We may not look forward to the trials that will come, but perhaps we learn to accept the pain and sorrow as part of our human experience. From the simplest irritation to the most difficult trial, we think not, "Why me?" but "This too shall pass." Bettering our relationships, serving others, recognizing blessings, finding joy in the journey. Ha! Easy to say, hard to DO...but I can try. As we learn to quiet the chattering mind, we find focus and gratitude in today--where ever that finds us.
I think I have been too busy lately. I have forgotten the vitalness of simplicity, creativity and love in my life. Time to regroup and and re-center myself. I did get through a teenager's temper tantrum (twice) yesterday without loosing my cool...that oughta be worth something right?
Quote of the Day: "Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
--Albert Einstein really smart guy