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My sister sent me a link to this amazing video today:
Why not take a few minutes to take a look. I promise it will be worth your while. Bring Kleenex.
In no way do I wish to compare one person’s pain with another. I can’t compare my life pains with Patrick’s or yours. I do know that life gives you curve balls and life gives you choices.
As the serenity prayer says, Lord give me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change. This is the hand you’re dealt. This is the stuff you have to live with. This is the part that requires surrender.
Lord, give me the STRENGTH to change the things I can. This is the part where you make the best you can from your life. Or as my dear friend Kristie Agee says in one of my favorite songs “As long as you know how to use what you got.” This is where you take what life gives you and you work it.
And give me the WISDOM to know the difference. Isn’t this the hard part? For so long I thought that my weight was the thing I needed strength to change and the fact that I couldn’t be beautiful or find a husband, or get a great job or do really anything I wanted to until I got thin was the part I was supposed to be serene about. But that’s the thing about wisdom. If you pray, if you are open, if you listen–sometimes wisdom means changing your mind.
Wisdom takes time. We are not born wise. We become so after life beats the tarnation out of us. Maybe it’s time to review your current wisdom about what your capabilities really are. What have you “got”? And are you using it to the very limits of your abilities? Are you waiting around to get something else? Or are you out there, making things happen?
Don’t put your light under a bushel baby. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
With apologies for a blog post burdened with more platitudes than I thought possible, I’m asking you to go out there and work it. Let the world see all you got.