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Carry On

In life there is no back button, no undo, no return to the place from whence we came. We have but two choices, to imprison ourselves in the moment and hide in the corner, which is to wither and eventually die inside... or to carry on. 
 
When the above bit of clever food art first appeared on the Internet, I was drawn not only to it's charm, but also to the message it illustrates so clearly... it is up to us to carry ourselves onward. It is my belief, a belief that I have come to understand gradually over many years of picking up the pieces of my life and cobbling them back together as best as I could into some sort of usable form, that we have within us the strength and ability to weather any storm, to survive any catastrophe, to endure any agony.  We have that tiny spark of light... soul, that connects us to the Greatness and to boundless love and energy that are encompassed in the realm of God.  Faith is our recharger, hope is what gives us the courage to plug ourselves in.
 
We ARE stronger than we think, we are more durable and more resilient than we have come to believe.  It doesn't have to be pretty, we don't always dance in the rain; more often we slog through the mud and arrive with scratches and tangled hair, and one shoe missing. It isn't easy, life ISN'T easy.  I don't trust anyone who says it is.  But in the many times that were so dark and desperate that I was quite certain I couldn't make it another day, and was even more certain that I didn't want to, something inside me clicked into gear and locked me in tight to the Power Source of life - even as I denied it's existence.  I didn't really want to give up, I wanted desperately to believe there was even a tiny bit of hope that life could at some point right itself and be better than what I had known.  As the old adage says "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."  Yes, hold on tight to the lesson you've already learned... that you WILL make it through that night, and the next day... and the next week... and the next month... you always have before - you are still here,  and you will again. 
 
Make the choice to carry on... to make it through the next moment, and then the next hour, and then the next day.  Situations have an amazing way of changing, or at least of changing our perspective, often in just a few days.  What seemed insurmountable or unbearable two days ago, we become less intimidating if we give it time.  Don't give in to panic and desperate acts.  Breathe, put one foot in front of the other, reach out to those who are also on the journey... and carry on. 
 
When I look back now, from a sixty year perspective, I realize that eventually I always found my way, and I know that no matter what life brings, by the grace of God I always will.   
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This story was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are carry and coincidence

12 comments:

  1. First sentence in second paragraph. ..fabulous!
    ALL of this so true.

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    1. An accurate description of what I see with "Mr. Orange" and what I feel about life... perfect illustration for my point, Zoe! :-)

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  2. What you say is so true. I just wish we didn't have to wait until our 60's to know that what seems insurmountable THIS MOMENT won't carry quite the same urgency two days from now. Then again, it is struggling through those tough times that gives us that wisdom. Yin and yang of life.

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    1. You are right, it is the journey, the struggle, by which we come to the awareness that life always goes on, if we just wait the storms outa bit. They can be so frightening and so defeating that it is hard to believe there will be a better day, but always that day comes.

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  3. What a wonderful piece.

    We all hold within a reserve of strength and sometimes surprise ourselves.

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    1. Thank you Gail! I agree, we are stronger than we know, we are as strong as life requires us to be. You've experienced that, and so have I. I am determined to not let life defeat me, I choose to be a survivor!

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  4. We have amazing strength within us. All we need is the is faith and trust that we can use it. Every great achievement by mankind has come out a number of failures by those who did not know how to give up. Neither should we. As Gail said "What a wonderful piece".

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    1. You are so very right, Old Egg, we need to BELIEVE that we can find our way, that we have what it takes. We so often grow up with the message that we might not measure up. I want people to know that we absolutely can survive what comes our way, and we learn from every experience we overcome!

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  5. As my father says, "It's a great life if you don't weaken." You've gotten stronger, and you make me not want to give up, either.

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    1. Your father is wise Mimi, we have to be determined to stay strong. There have been many times in my life when I was ready to give up, I didn't think I could survive and I wasn't sure I wanted to. But something wouldn't let me quit, I crawled through the dark until I found a tiny bit of light, and I made my way back to the path that felt good and right for me. If I can anyone can - and we need to reach out to each other and help when folks are lost in the dark! It's not an option, it's an obligation!

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  6. LOL, I like your picture at the top! Have you seen the doggy Banana one? I saw it in a Chinese racercar movie called "Speed Angels" It was a pretty interesting movie, but I thought it was funny when one of the characters turned a banana into a dog.

    Also I like your message. Life is generally hard for most of us. I agree that it is important that we don't look back, but carry on! : )

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    1. Yes, Joseph, I have seen that banana dog, I love food art, it goes against all our parents used to say about not playing with your food!! :-)) I especially like the orange because it is carrying itself. Cool concept!

      Life is hard, anyone who says it's easy is a little scary to me, because I've never experienced that, but it can be good, and fun, and fulfilling if we learn how to stomp thru the mud puddles and climb the mountains! I think you are going to look back and say your life was good!

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