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If I could Tell You One Thing...
I would say don't be too hard on yourself. We are
all trying to live up to someone elses standards
in some way or another even if it is unspoken.
I think God maybe gives us 80 +or- years because it
takes that long to come to the place of knowing and
accepting ourselves without judgement.
1st we have to shake off any damage done in childhood,
then we have to undo our societal education to conform,
After that we move into the struggle of feeling that our
beauty is fading followed by the realization that our
relationships with our children and family end up not
being the fairy tale story we thought they would be.
In a way, Like everyone else, we pretend our way
through all of this to only one day, deeply see
that what was suppose to matter, mostly doesn't.
Maybe, the lesson is that as we get closer to the
end of our life, we decide to let all of it go, the rules, the
expectations, the unfulfilled dreams...and with this step,
comes the peace, the joy and the knowing that we can be
alone with ourselves in God's spirit completely satisfied
and ready to say...that it was the best life and the
perfect path to make us more like him.
A Lesson Learned
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into an old, dry well. The animal
cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out
what to do.
Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to
be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the
donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help
him. They all grabbed shovels and began to filll the well with dirtl.
At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.
Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down.
Many shovelsful later, the farmer finally looked down the
well and was astonished at what he saw. With every throw of
dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something
amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the
farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the
animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon,
to everyone's delight, the donkey stepped up over the edge of
the well and trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The
trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a
step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get
out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving
up! Shake it off and take a step up!