I've been thinking a lot about persistence. What does it mean to be persistent? I think the pure act of living is persistence. In each day there are disappointments and setbacks--I didn't wake up as early as I wanted to, my flight was canceled, the doctor says these are my only treatment options. When you face a brick wall you can keep walking into it over and over again, or you can see if there is another way around, over, or through it. In my opinion there's always, always another way. Tomorrow morning you can try again, there are other flights, and other doctors. Yes, it gets tiring and yes, there are moments it's best to throw in the towel...but if you want something, rest, adjust your sails, and weather the storm until you get it.
Today's words by Elizabeth Edwards, author of Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities.
Healing Words is an ongoing series with the intention of once a day shifting focus away from suffering and onto healing. Healing is a daily practice of listening to your inner voice and turning pain into purpose.
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I'm Kerry (She/Her/Hers) and I am a licensed therapist, group facilitator, poet, writer, & speaker. This is a place to acknowledge and validate our suffering and trauma, while also learning how to turn toward aliveness and spaciousness.