It reminds me of something I read in In The Flow of Life by Eric Butterworth. He mentioned that a minister asked for a ring with a statement that he could refer to in all times, and that the statement be brief.
That statement is popular, and it has been referred to in several other books I've read and taken bits of to become part of my pattern of thinking.
The statement is "This too shall pass"
So, this bracelet is akin to that ring, to the engraving on the emerald tablet and to the idea. All things are temporary, except for the idea of creation and that creative thinking - infused with hope and faith - which empowers us to transcend any and all things.
It's another idea that is simple, yet perhaps not necessarily easy. But it is truth, and there's no good in losing hope.
I thought about how human beings are the *ONLY* species intelligent enough to give up. Every other living thing has a survival instinct, and isn't equipped to complain when things are difficult (except for cats maybe :P).
Yesterday morning I did my long run - an entire 6 miles. I've been sorta dreading this run for quite some time, and though I've been building up my endurance, I doubted if I could actually do it.
The run started a bit more difficult than most. I was carrying doubts of my ability to finish, and I kept rationalizing that I was feeling weak in spirit. Plus, even though I did a warm-up run and went to the bathroom before I started, I had to go again about a mile into the run. Thank God there is a wonderful little cafe on the road I ran down and they were kind enough to let me in. I want to grab breakfast in there when I can swing it.
I kept reminding myself to just take it one step at a time. Get to the nearest landmark and see if I can keep going. It was hard, and the sun was already up, which meant I was sweating like hell and wearing down.
But I did it. After months of wondering whether or not I'm capable of a 6-mile run, the question is answered and of course, the response is YES.
YES I CAN!
Every day I have to find the strength to get through, and it's there. I'm so grateful for the conditioning and the environment I'm in, and it's going to pay off.
Okay I'm about to get booted off the computer at the library, but I wanted to add a quick note.
The past year has been... it's been what it's been.
But I want to apologize to you, because I can be a better friend and I want to. I'm sorry I've been a bit self-involved, and I hope to work on it with you.
As always, I am sending my love ♥