Here’s a thought I’d like to share…
“When the going gets tough may I choose love over fear. Every time…”
When the going gets tough, it’s our natural reaction to get tough right along with it. We add fear to fearful situations, anger to angry situations, and emotional distance to situations where we feel disconnected. It’s a bit akin to adding fire to fire — not really helpful unless what we’re after is a bigger fire.
If, instead, we’re after a more peaceful life; a life full of love and joy — we must do the work of adding love and joy to every circumstance. We must learn to see our fears, feel the constriction of our habitual patterns of reaction, and then – in the face of that — choose love.
Sometimes, starting at the end gives us clear clues about how to take the next step. What is it that you truly want in your life?? To what are you willing to give your energy? What matters to your heart? These are the “ends” that inform your choices.
If we zoom out and look at what we want rather than how we can best defend ourselves, we just might see that if we want love, we must choose love. Every time.
Katrina Kenison is a gifted writer and yogi. She is a gentle soul and a seeker. She shared these words that I now share with you. I invite you to read this slowly and see if you can feel the resonance within your soul. I do.
When the going gets tough may I resist my first impulse to wade in, fix, explain, resolve, and restore. May I sit down instead.
When the going gets tough may I be quiet. May I steep for a while in stillness.
When the going gets tough may I have faith that things are unfolding as they are meant to. May I remember that my life is what it is, not what I ask for. May I find the strength to bear it, the grace to accept it, the faith to embrace it.
When the going gets tough may I practice with what I’m given, rather than wish for something else. When the going gets tough may I assume nothing. May I not take it personally. May I opt for trust over doubt, compassion over suspicion, vulnerability over vengeance.
When the going gets tough may I open my heart before I open my mouth.
When the going gets tough may I be the first to apologize. May I leave it at that. May I bend with all my being toward forgiveness.
When the going gets tough may I look for a door to step through rather than a wall to hide behind.
When the going gets tough may I turn my gaze up to the sky above my head, rather than down to the mess at my feet. May I count my blessings.
When the going gets tough may I pause, reach out a hand, and make the way easier for someone else. When the going gets tough may I remember that I’m not alone. May I be kind.
When the going gets tough may I choose love over fear. Every time…
Wishing you love – every time,