Only the beginning
“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.” — Ivy Baker Priest
Over the past 18 months, I’ve gotten a lot of practice at re-framing how I think about things. I’ve had to do quite a bit of that for most of my life, but never as much as recently. It simply doesn’t work for me to see obstacles as dead ends; I start to panic and the anxiety blossoms into multiplied worries and fears, the agitation feeding on itself.
At such times I’ve learned to force myself to switch off the negativity, re-directing my thoughts through prayer, reading or other distractions. Yet I don’t want to be delusional, kidding myself about what we might be facing in the future. I don’t want to be blinded by wishful thinking or unprepared for a steep uphill climb.
It helps to focus primarily on the immediate path ahead, with all its unexpected detours and narrowed options. We may not be traveling the exact itinerary we had planned, but as long as we can see a few feet ahead, that’s enough. Each threshold we pass through is another beginning, and so far the way has been blessed with abundant beauty no matter how rocky the path gets.
So we travel on in hope, still enjoying the trip. I hope you are able to do the same in your life. Thanks for walking with us!
One year ago today: