Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill
Adversity, failure and heartache . . . life brings all three. The life journey we are on takes its twists and turns, one right after another. Around one bend, we might find something wonderfully joyful. But around the next bend, we can happen upon very real adversity. Failures and heartaches are common to every life. Even those of us who claim a strong faith in God cannot escape difficult days on this journey.
Remember Yoda when Luke Skywalker said he wasn’t afraid of the journey he was on? Yoda flattened his ears, leaned closely toward Luke & said, “You will be!”
The journey called life is for me a continuous discovery of who I am. I write about the journey mostly for myself, hoping to discover ever new ways of being in this world.
Every great spiritual teacher says that finding out who we really are & what our true motivations are (rather than what we’ve told ourselves) is terrifying. God’s purity & light necessarily expose these things about ourselves to ourselves. That’s what my journey is all about, and writing it down is a discipline that reinforces what I am learning about myself along the way.
Without a path that leads through adversity, failure, heartache, and all the ominous parts of life, I simply would not learn much about myself. The only way to experience great joy is to have also experienced great hardship.
William Wordsworth said, “Fill your paper with the breathing of your heart.”
How true that the more I write, the better I know my heart. So that’s the reason for this blog, and hopefully, at least one other person will find a smidgen of inspiration in these words. So be not dismayed when you experience all manner of adversity. It is the stuff of life and God promises to be with you, comforting you and celebrating another step into maturity.