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A Timely Quote?

May '21

This past year has been one of extreme hardship with the advent of the global Covid pandemic, along with a myriad of other extraordinary happenings.

To outline the possible impact of these challenges on individual lives would be daunting, so I will not try. Instead I want to share with you a quote that I remembered from decades ago that seems remarkably applicable to the times we’ve been experiencing. It comes from Pema Chodren’s book, “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.”

            In life, we think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem. The real truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together for a time, then they fall back apart. Then they come together and fall apart again. It’s just like that. 

             Personal discovery and growth come from letting there be room for all this to happen: room for grief,  for  relief,  for misery,  for joy. 

            Suffering comes from wishing things were different. Misery is self-inflicted, when we are expecting the ‘ideal’ to overcome the ‘actual,’ or needing things (or people, or places) to be different for us so we can then be happy. 

            Let the hard things in life break you. Let them affect you. Let them change you. Let those hard moments inform you. Let this pain be your teacher. The experiences of your life are trying to tell you something about yourself. Don’t cop out on that. Don’t run away and hide under your covers. Lean in to it.

            What is the lesson in this wind? What is this storm trying to tell you? What will you learn if you face it with courage? With full honesty and—lean in to it.”

 Truth be told, right now I’m feeling simply relieved because my state governor has said no masks are required outside for folks who have been fully vaccinated, and most grateful that my family is almost fully vaccinated—just awaiting that 2nd vaccine for a 15 year old.

How about you? Do you find this quote a match for the times we are living in? And what are you feeling right now?

On this Memorial Day, as the daughter of a Dad who volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps during WWII, and also the niece of three Uncles who volunteered to serve in the Army, one Uncle who volunteered to serve in the Navy, and even an Aunt who volunteered to serve in the Coast Guard, I’m remembering all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Military and especially want to honor those who died while serving.

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