September 16

Reflection

Life is a series of moments in process, all of them life-changing, many of them difficult and seemingly impossible. Each of them touches another part of ourselves. Each of them teaches us something that will make the next stage even better than the one before it. We must only allow the process of human growth to wend its way from one idea to the next, from one question to the next, from one arm wrestling match with life to the next. Then and only then can we really become the fullness of ourselves. Life is a win-win game in which every apparent failure can become its own success. If we will only use it to become deeper, stronger, more mature at every bend that life brings…The mystery of life calls us to see that without periods of darkness, we might never understand that coming to fullness of life is a slow and evolving process. And there’s the challenge: we must not give up. Ever.
Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer

The Lord sustains me.
Psalm 3 

Action

Keep a positive perspective amid the events of life. Look back and see where certain events caused a positive change for you.

Suggested Reading

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Phillipians 4:6-8

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
Napoleon Hill

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
Henry Miller

There’s only one growth strategy: work hard.
William Hague

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.
Christopher McCandless

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong.
N. R. Narayana Murthy

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.
Keri Russell

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anaïs Nin

We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.
Rick Warren

 

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