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Finding strength in tough times.

January 09, 2015

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When something in your life is very difficult to do, but you know in your heart that it must be done, how do you find the strength to see it through? How do you listen to your rationalizations, yet see them for what they really are? How do you honor your emotions, letting them course through your body like an animal, without letting them distort what you know is true? How do you withstand your pain and know that even so, everything is as it should be? How do you find the peace that surpatheth understanding? This kind of living is not for the faint of heart. It is not for the meek, who cower behind their own fears. It is not for the complacent who care not to see their connection to all that is, and see that that connection can be found only by looking inward. It takes an unyielding commitment to place above all else the intention to listen with an inward ear, and see that by discovering who you are in relation to all that is, you will find the strength to see it through.


10 Responses to “Finding strength in tough times.”

  1. LOVED this one Gaill! You captured the essence of the strength that is needed in living a life aligned with your genuine self. Making this commitment should not be seen as a long term commitment but as a choice that we make each and every step of the way to listening to who we are with our inner ear. That is how I do it. One step at a time, facing those difficult times within, allowing them the space they need and connecting to myself. Bravo, great post.

    • Hi Nicole, Thank you, and I loved, loved what you added—about taking it step by step, and not thinking of this as a long-term commitment. That can be too overwhelming. When we listen inwardly each time we have to a decision to make, we will be guided each step of the way. So there is no need to commit to doing this “every” time,” just “each” time. This gives us the space to allow our life to unfold in the moment, the only place from where we can listen and receive.

  2. You wrote this for me, Gail – thank you, love #HUGSSS

    I needed to read this. In fact, I am going to print it too because these 9 lines are more poignant, powerful and profound than 2000 word posts <3

    OODLES of hugs
    Kitto

    • Hi Kitty, Thank you. And thanks for sharing this post on FaceBook. It sort of poured out of me last night as I contemplated a difficult decision I had to make. You know, as a writer, how healing writing can be. I really felt incredibly clear about what I needed to do, clear and calm even though it was a difficult situation. AS it turned out, the thing I felt I needed to do today actually did not come to pass. But that is the thing. As we respond in the moment with that inward ear our path with emerge and we can trust it will be the right one. Love you.

  3. HI Gail and thanks for asking so many questions.
    I don’t think about the task at hand, for some this would be difficult, for me, the job task too much time to think about and becomes latent.
    At times I consult people who have more expertise, give me guidance or a book suggestion and the move forward! Some tasks involve getting through to strangers of large organization. I just keep pushing, getting to know other people around that person until mission is accomplished.
    If I had not pushed my way through life, sometimes with easy and grace, most times grueling, I would not be alive this day. My life has taken a great amount of GRIT to overcome many decades of obstacles.
    I use my well honed instincts to give me a yes or no when dealing with others, gauge their passion and also my education to warn me either way if a person is true to what they state or manipulative. Intrinsically organize with an strong animal like instincts often have landed me in the right spot at the right time.
    Most of all, being aware of the fast moving opportunities, grabbing hold and not letting go until I claim that part of life and always including others in the task at hand.
    Finding those other people is not accomplished online, it is done in person for that leads to the next and next person who bring value to our lives.
    Thanks, you have an interesting blog of questions,in reaching out to people. I wonder if you are conducting research??
    Cheers MicheleElys

    • Hi MicheleElys, No I am not conducting research. You spoke about doing different things at different times, and also how you use your well honed instincts to give you a “yes” or “no.” I’m sure that you must be incredibly intuitive to have overcome so many obstacles. That is what this post was really getting at. Thanks so much for commenting.

  4. Gail,
    This is great. “It takes an unyielding commitment to place above all else the intention to listen with an inward ear, and see that by discovering who you are in relation to all that is, you will find the strength to see it through.” What an incredible sentence! Thank you for sharing!

  5. When things are difficult, yet you know in your heart you must carry on, takes strength. It requires navigating courageously through the layers of fear that help us step out of the quicksand that can drag us back without that unyielding commitment to our inner knowing. This question is power packed Gail, “How do you withstand your pain and know that even so, everything is as it should be? How do you find the peace that surpatheth understanding?” For me it’s a knowing-ness that we are connected to all that is, to each other, that love will prevail. A moment by moment choice to resonate with peace, love, light and joy.

  6. I am so glad to share this conversation with you Debra, and thanks so much for taking the time to respond. We seem to be in alignment here as we always are. I love how you added that, “love will prevail.” This is such a beautiful and truthful way to put it. It can’t be said any more truthfully than that. And yes, fear is the quicksand, but realizing that is the first step toward rising above it, and making “getting out of it a priority in our life is the second. Reading your response and everyone else’s makes me stronger too.

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