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The Journey

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won and all the fears you have overcome” Helen Keller once said, “although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” A little while ago I was asked to do a commission of a young woman who had spent her life in the service of others, now she was battling for her own life against cancer and her husband wished me to cronicle her journey through imagery. It was a task that moved me to re-evaluate my own purpose and that of my wife who is herself a cancer surivivor. Challenge is enevitable in life – for without it, there is no purpose to becoming stronger and without becoming stronger, there is no purpose. Strength doesn’t come from doing what you can do. It comes from doing what you didn’t think you could do. This Journey isn’t one we want to take, sometimes we hate it, but we would never change the chance to become a warrior and to meet others fighting the battle beside us. Sometimes silently. But we know, even when others have no idea. Courage has few witnesses. Confucious said, “it does not matter how slow you go, it only matters that you do not stop.” This is living. It is facing the purpose of gaining strength for some future tense without giving up, thus cutting our lesson short. We may have to do this all over again – which leads me to this: What is stopping? What is letting go? How do we tell the difference between giving up and acceptance? It has been my experience that acceptance is where peace resides. To know that you have fought harder than you imagined you could and to take peace in the knowlege that you have grown sufficiently in spirit to move ahead toward whatever lies next. Time doesn’t heal all wounds but acceptance does. The best thing one can do when it’s raining, is to let it rain. I’ll close with a quote by Iyanla Yanzant – “Acceptance does not mean you agree with, accept or condone or even like what happened. Acceptance means that you know, regardless of what happened, that there is something bigger at work. It also means that you know you are okay and will continue to be okay.

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