A Bend in the Road is not the End of the Road
A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless we fail to make the turn. Those words are attributed to Helen Keller (1880 - 1968), who took many positive 'turns' during her lifetime. She became a world-famous speaker and author, despite contracting an illness at 18 months, leaving her blind, deaf and unable to speak.
Have you ever felt you were 'at the end of your road'? Perhaps didn't know which way to turn, or felt you were stuck in a rut. Meanwhile, a day passes, which becomes a week, and then a month. That happened to me recently. In my last Innisfree Moment I wrote about doing less effective things and not being motivated to tackle my larger vision. Is there an antidote? May I suggest it is not being the 'lone ranger', but reaching out for support, having another's listening ear - which often clarifies what we think - and maybe didn't know we did! Helen Keller had a lifetime of support from Annie Sullivan, herself visually impaired. I'm happy to report I took my own 'medicine' last week and did reach out for support... so glad I did, with positive results.
The April 9th message in my 2015 Friendship Book suggests that there are eight steps to overcoming a problem, namely: 'I won't do it', 'I can't do it', 'I want to do it', 'How do I do it?', 'I'll try to do it', 'I can do it', 'I will do it' and 'Hooray, I did it'! Perhaps the 'how' is sharing the problem with a wise sage so we can ultimately celebrate with 'Hooray'! Maybe it requires trust and an act of faith. I read that to plant a tree is an act of faith. This month I renewed my passport for 10 years - an act of faith! We each have our own acts of faith, so let's give ourselves credit for their accomplishment.
Wherever you are in your life at the moment, please take 'time out' to enjoy whatever inspires you. Currently I am listening each day to a CD with Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell - Stand Beside Me. I leave you with some uplifting words from one of the classic country songs: "Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye". Now, isn't that great advice?
Until next time, look for the bend in the road, and do make the turn!
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada