Lean in to the struggle

lean in to your struggle

“The Lord works in mysterious ways” doesn’t actually appear in the Bible, but I’m hoping it’s true nonetheless — specifically, regarding writer’s block.

I spent most of yesterday and much of this morning writing a blog post that, truth be told, I kind of hate. It has great potential. I could run it, and it’d be fine. But my God-nudged instinct says, “Nope, not yet.”

So today, you’re getting this from me instead: When you’re out of inspiration yourself, remember that many a wise person has come before you. Feel free to lean on them.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude,” Maya Angelou said.

Put simply, today my writer’s block is in control, so I’ve decided to lean in:

“The Lord works in mysterious ways.” Maybe you don’t need my words today. Maybe you need someone else’s. Try these:

– An old man is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather replied, “The one you feed.” (Cherokee Indian legend)

— “Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.” — (Richard WIlkins)

— “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and, snap, the job’s a game.”  (Disney’s Mary Poppins)

— “It’s chaos. Be kind.” (Patton Oswalt/Michelle McNamara)

— “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

— “Life is not tried it is merely survived if you’re standing outside the fire.” (Garth Brooks)

— “So live, that when thy summons comes to join the innumerable caravan, which moves to that mysterious realm, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death, Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, like who who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.” (William Cullen Bryant)

— “If you’re going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” (Gen. Collin Powell)

— “Worry pulls tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine.”

— “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” (Kenny Rogers)

— “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

— “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” (Barack Obama)

— “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” (Maya Angelou)

And if all that fails, listen to some music.

What inspires you? Add it in the comments! 

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