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Yes It Can


How many times have we all had a series of bad incidents occur and find ourselves believing that  things couldn't possibly get any worse, only for one more evil wind to blow our way and topple what resolve we had remaining? 

There have been times in my life that I really felt like I was just going to collapse and die if one more thing went wrong... and yet, I didn't die and the world didn't end. 

I have a couple friends that leave me in awe at how much has been heaped on their plates, and yet they muster the courage and determination to tread water until they can find a way to move forward again.  Call it survival instinct, optimism or hope, or a healthy dose of all three.   

If you manage to hang in there during the bad times, you just might find yourself on the flip side of the coin, thinking that your life is going pretty good and couldn't possible get better... and then God smiles and sends a surprise in your direction that will light up your world.

There will be dark times in your life, but I believe that things can still work out better than you could possibly imagine!
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I'm linking up with awesome Ivy Walker at "Uncharted" for Six Sentence Stories
The cue this week is "CAN"
Come and read what others have written and share a story of your own!

24 comments:

  1. A wonderful encouraging story!

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    1. Thanks Gail, it is so hard when life feels hopeless, but I've learned that there is always hope, even if we can't feel it or see it at the time. I believe in miracles!

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  2. Wise words...and ones I needed to read today. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! It took me many years to figure out that I could and would survive, and that life would eventually bring good things my way that I was incapable of seeing or believing at the time. We never know what's just around the corner out of sight!

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  3. Wonderful stuff. True as well... Not easy to live by but true none the less. :)

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    1. You are right, Ivy, sometimes so hard to believe, but in my life it has been the prevailing truth.

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  4. I hope, I hope you're right, because for some it seems like the shit just keeps coming, and even a TToT won't scratch the surface :( I wish there was some great cosmic balancing act, sending good to equillibriate the bad, but I just don't buy it. Not in this world.

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    1. One of the hardest things to come to terms with is that life is not fair. And yet, I also believe that good prevails, and one the firestorm of bad stuff subsides you will find a rainbow of some sort, something to build or rebuild on. Hang tight, don't give up, don't lose faith. I believe that one day you will look back and be amazed at all you have survived, and how much better life finally is. XOXO

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  5. An excellent take on the prompt. Yes, things can change, and probably will.

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    1. Thank you Mimi! So many times in life I felt that my situation was hopeless and could never/would never change. I was so wrong about that... God had other plans for me! If we work at it and have faith, life can turn around in some amazing ways. But it doesn't always mean that happens quickly, or without struggle first. Life is not easy, but it's still worth it!

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  6. Well said. True (but true is the easy part when it comes to insights into life), the difficult part (that you have done such a good job with) is to convey the truth in a way that we, all of us, can take and understand within our own lifes.

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    1. Thank you Clark. You are right, truth isn't hard to identify, the hard part is taking that truth and making integrating it into your life. It's taken me over a half-century to reach the point where I can see things just a little more clearly, on good days anyway! :-)

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  7. You have written a great truth that needs to be heard. As the mother of a friend of mine told me many years ago..."Life is good if you don't weaken". There will be times we may feel weak, but I believe feeling weak doesn't mean we are weak it simply reminds us how we are in truth actually strong.

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    1. This is such a great perspective, Patricia. Over the years of struggle I learned that no matter how desperate I felt at times, I am a survivor. I've celebrated that for years. And now I've taken it one step further, I not only can and have, by the grace of God survived, but I am thriving in His love. I am blessed and I hope to carry that message and blessing to others. We are as strong as we need to be!

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  8. For every disaster we experience we are measured by our ability to survive and overcome by our hope and willingness to grasp something better.

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    1. Exactly, Old Egg, and we survive far more than we ever think we can!

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  9. Josie, so glad to read these six sentences which are full of Hope. I do believe there is a natural balance in life, which is sometimes within our control, sometimes not.

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    1. I agree with you Val. Maybe sometimes balance is trying to maintain our own inner sense of balance and calm when there is a lot swirling in our lives. Sometimes I succeed at this, other times I succumb to the chaos, I keep working at it!

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  10. Great post, Josie. My daughter called earlier this week to tell me her fiance was down in the back, unable to work, and they were scheduled to go on a cruise this weekend (today actually). He improved enough to go, then she was rear-ended lightly and delayed getting home last night. She said she is trying to practice what she preaches to her kids and stay calm. Any problems I encounter are nothing compared to some of the situations I see around me every day. I'm quite blessed.

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    1. Sometimes things really do seem to snowball, Linda. We've all had times like that. But in my job situation I see life much as you do, I am so very blessed compared to what many others have to deal with, makes my little issues seem not much to fuss about or make excuses for. That's a gift too, to be able to put our situations in perspective of the bigger life picture and the time frame that expands beyond the moment. Usually, it won't matter so much in a few days or weeks.

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  11. Such a good message of why Hope is so important to the human spirit.

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    1. Thank you Rory, not only is hope essential to survival, it is critical for us to do all we can to share the message of hope with others who are struggling to hang on. At times when I saw no hope for my life, what kept me going was others who assured me it would change. That tiny glimmer of hope was enough to ignite my own will to survive.

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