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Possibilities: Embracing Life . . . Even When It’s Difficult

“Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke

“I am guided by my own instincts and trust them.” —Lois Lowry

Our lives often fluctuate between times of joy, sorrow, excitement, worry, disappointment, and hope — with a heavy dose of hard work continually in the mix. In the midst of challenges, our path may not always be clear, and the journey itself may be fraught with difficulties; yet, the possibilities for our life remain vast and boundless.

In this epic adventure of being human in the world, our mind is a powerful tool: Use it wisely. Plant seeds of love. Plant seeds of resilience. Plant seeds of dreams. Plant seeds of future opportunities. Then, work to water those life-affirming intentions and ideas.

While embarking on this task of creating limitless potential, ask yourself: What makes me truly happy? What brings me peace? What do I need to release? What gifts do I bring?

A few guideposts to assist us along life’s pathways:

  • Celebrate small victories. Work for worthy causes. Practice kindness. Forgive often — yourself and others. Be an Earth Steward. Protect the rights of others. Walk gently. Love fiercely. Be thankful. Say gratitude. Don’t squander your gifts. Believe you are here for a reason.
  • When afraid, ask for help. Friends (and sometimes strangers) can offer encouragement and support during periods of doubt. Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a loving gesture, or an act of generosity. Your choices, each day, make a difference.
  • Learn to breathe mindfully and to practice patience. In a world that all too often rewards expediency and chaotic busyness, perhaps the time has come to hold in high regard perseverance, thoughtful awareness, and inner resolve.
  • Do the right thing — even when it is not easy to do so. Let our moral compass be guided not by old, destructive habits but rather by the children, the plants, and the animals.
  • Embrace the breath of life — despite its many sorrows and disappointments — so that when death comes, we can say that we gave this planet our absolute best efforts to leave it better than we found it.

In the end, we can rest easy knowing that we learned to cherish what truly matters.


In joy & gratitude, 

Diana J. Ensign


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