Everything seems to follow the law of expansion and contraction...Then a pause follows to prepare a space for the rhythm to continue; endlessly.
We love the moments when things go well, flourish, and prosper. We strive to keep them that way and tend to resist the change that could possibly shake them up. In fact, every change does shake things up and that is why it is hard to surrender to changes. It is difficult and yet it is normal to feel that way as well.
This is one side of the rhythm. And then there is the other one. The moments we dread, we resist, we wish away.
This weekend I had a long conversation with a good friend of mine. We talked and I shared my doubts concerning the present stage of my journey.
"Just imagine this journey as a puzzle. Some pieces are big, important, you will always remember them. Like your pilgrimage! And then there are pieces that are small, insignificant, easy to overlook but your picture wouldn't be whole without them."
Your picture is not made of big and beautiful moments only! Your picture is not made of tragic and dramatic moments only!
Calmness in the face of joy and sorrow! Teaches Steiner
Ignoring the small pieces, the moments of sorrow and sadness, as well as expecting joy and harmony at all times does not seem to be the way.
Balance and acceptance, on the other hand, can guide us through the valleys and over the mountain tops. Balance and acceptance awaken our senses to possibilities that surround us, miracles that occur naturally, unseen beings waiting to help us along the way. And with balance and acceptance we bear fruits that last forever (John 15:16).
However, balance and acceptance would mean very little should we overlook the blessings each season has to offer.
Enjoy the sweetness of summer and know that winter is coming...followed by another spring, fresher and greener than before because you walk in it with your eyes open and aware.
The journey always starts and ends with Joy but what carries us through is balance, acceptance and peace!
"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12