When the Going Gets Tough

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I try to live with a heart filled with compassion, kindness and gratitude. Sometime life gets tough and it the midst of the struggle, it is easy to lose sight. I often try to focus on these tenants, little morning reminders, my guiding principles when it is difficult, that little mantra that has seen me through some pretty difficult times. My greatest struggle are with the first two stanzas while the rest are always a focus! This is a wonderful written piece(found at OnBeing) said with an eloquence that makes it very real. Had to share.

When the Going Gets Tough...

BY KATRINA KENISON , GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

When the going gets tough may I resist my first impulse to wade in, fix, explain, resolve, and restore. May I sit down instead.

When the going gets tough may I be quiet. May I steep for a while in stillness.

When the going gets tough may I have faith that things are unfolding as they are meant to. May I remember that my life is what it is, not what I ask for. May I find the strength to bear it, the grace to accept it, the faith to embrace it.

When the going gets tough may I practice with what I’m given, rather than wish for something else. When the going gets tough may I assume nothing. May I not take it personally. May I opt for trust over doubt, compassion over suspicion, vulnerability over vengeance.

When the going gets tough may I open my heart before I open my mouth.

When the going gets tough may I be the first to apologize. May I leave it at that. May I bend with all my being toward forgiveness.

When the going gets tough may I look for a door to step through rather than a wall to hide behind.

When the going gets tough may I turn my gaze up to the sky above my head, rather than down to the mess at my feet. May I count my blessings.

When the going gets tough may I pause, reach out a hand, and make the way easier for someone else. When the going gets tough may I remember that I’m not alone. May I be kind.

When the going gets tough may I choose love over fear. Every time.

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2 thoughts on “When the Going Gets Tough

  1. I think it was Oswald Chambers who said, “be still and go inward and seek more connection with God when the darkness comes; but when in the Light share the Light with all!” or something like that! May the Light of God pierce your darkness; may you go through the trial of darkness, through the fire, to emerge stronger, lighter, brighter and fulfilled! We learn so much about who God is and who we are in trials; and we emerge into a new place in consciousness we have never lived before! So grateful for the trials I have gone through! Bless you!

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