Muddling Through

I'm linking up with Patricia's new blog hop In Other Words where the prompt for this week was:
“Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going
on and on and on. It is about muddling through the middle.”

-Anna Quinlan
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The first and last chapter of a book are short in comparison to all that lies between; life is like that too.  While the beginning and then ending may be interesting tales, the real story is what happens to us on the way.  All too often our life journey resembles a rat race, and much like with the little guy above, there is plenty of danger and struggle along the way, lots of trial and error too.  What I've learned as I enter the fourth quarter of my life is that we really do need to savor the moments, and especially our relationships, because it all passes far too quickly.  One day your kids are grown and your life has changed completely and you find yourself looking back amazed at how it happened so fast.  My message is to embrace life to it's fullest, muddle through the bad times knowing that good times come again, and never, ever give up!  Just when we think things are hopeless beyond repair, God sends us a miracle.  I've seen it happen in my life and countless others.  If life gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward... keep faith and hold on tight to hope. One day you'll find that uphill struggle has leveled off and life is good again, often better than before! 

I have a small piece of granite on which is written "Life is not a problem to solve, it is a mystery to experience."  I believe that wholeheartedly. Try hard to do less grumbling and find more reasons to be grateful... you'll be amazed at how much lighter you feel, and how much brighter things will seem to be!

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, Josie. You are so right about embracing life in all its happenings. The good outweighs the bad in the long run if we just keep going forward. I am working on the grumbling and complaining thing. Everything gets worse when my attitude is bad. I know it and still fall into the trap. I love "Life is not a problem to solve, it is a mystery to experience." So true. Thanks for being here. #1 for In Other Words!

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    1. Thank you Patricia! I have to agree that the foot outweighs the bad in the long run. I am a classic grumbler, especially later in the day when I am tired. I'm still a work in progress! :-). This was a great prompt to write for, and I'm looking forward to the next one!

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  2. Nice post, Josie. I love the quote in the last paragraph.

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    1. I have had that little piece of rock for twenty years Linda, I found the quote meaningful way back then and I still do today!

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  3. Very true, Josie.
    Great that you have shared your experience & views.
    I am halfway through & there are miles to go. I agree with you!
    Patricia has selected a great quote for the prompt :)

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    1. You are just entering some great years of life then, Anita, when we have reached the point of figuring out what we want and who we want to be, and are less critical of ourselves and others. We mellow out and tend to take things as they come, realizing that eventually it all evens out. I hope you'll come and join us at Patricia's place this week! :-)

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  4. Every day I be muddling!! :)
    And I definitely find that practicing Gratitude daily, helps to get through the deepest mud. And to see the beauty all around you. You are far more likely to be able to be in the moment then.

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    1. I muddle too, Rory, but that's really all we have to do, no one said we had to promise to do it gracefully! :-) I so agree that an attitude of gratitude makes all the difference in how well we cope and being able to maintain our perspective.

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