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a polished stone

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This has been one of the most painful, difficult years of my life. So much has fallen away. I have experienced great loss and betrayal. In the midst of this, I have not only been learning what love really is and what it feels like to forgive at a deep level but to also walk away from people and situations that have hurt me deeply. I have also faced my own self-deception and learned how strong I really am when I allow myself to be vulnerable. I’ve learned how to say, “I don’t know.” and “I need help.”

I have, in short, taken a quantum leap in the Soul Growth department. I’m still here and I feel more loved and blessed than ever. I see what is true in life and feel like a stone that has been polished by crashing against other stones in the river of life. It sounds painful and it has been. It’s also been worth it.

Today, a friend sent me this quote telling me that she thought of me when she read it. That made me feel quite honored and blessed. It seems like a good reminder for all of us in difficult times so I thought I would share it here.

“If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the River of Greatness is always the Stream of Adversity.”
~Cavett Robert

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