The everyday struggle
“One wrestles with one’s dragons until the end of one’s life — it is a constant and eternal process. The crises in one’s life only show up in intensity what is going on every day. The crises are there, perhaps in order to illuminate the everyday struggle…so that one may be better prepared to fight, not “next time” but all the time — tomorrow and the day after.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I’ve often said that the crises are easier to get through than the relatively smaller challenges that come with each day. During a crisis, we typically have adrenaline, determination and the active support of friends and family to get us through. There is also the feeling that, whatever is happening, it is time-limited and will pass. In between major life events, though, the seemingly minor setbacks and relentless annoyances can take a cumulative toll that is ultimately as formidable as the life-and-death moments.
I think Anne Lindbergh’s insights are correct; life is an ongoing struggle for pretty much all of us, though our individual circumstances vary on the surface. During her 94 years, she weathered larger storms than most of us will, but so many of us are drawn to her writing not because of her accounts of remarkable and unprecedented experiences. Rather, it is her knack for detailing the common trials we all must negotiate; the ubiquitous obstacles we must overcome just to get through another day.
If your path today is impeded by figurative dragons, or only pesky gnats and flies, I hope you’ll have plenty of illumination to guide your way. Remember how much you have survived already, and take heart! You obviously have the right stuff to get through another day.
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