Life is challenging. Nothing works out the way you thought it would. Obstacles present themselves and force us to question everything. The vision we once held seems foggy and obscure. Each day situations arise that force us to figure out who we are going to be and how we are going to handle things.
Babies fuss, sisters get cancer, husbands disappoint, and friends let us down. Life happens and we have to figure out what kind of person we are going to be in these moments.
But guess what? These are not situations; these are opportunities and this is our life. Each of these moments presents us with a chance to “stand in our moment.” In the words of Mark Strand, “Each moment is a place you’ve never been.” So do whatever you need to do, but don’t you dare sit down and hide. Stand in your moment and be you.”
The post below is by Sandy Alemian.
It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read.
Standing in Your Moment
Life’s challenges knock at your door.
You cover your ears, so you don’t have to hear the persistent knocking, of cancer, of death, of addiction.
You cover your eyes, so you don’t have to see the pain, the struggle of those you love.
You cover your heart, so you don’t have to feel the agony of life slipping away.
And yet, no matter how hard you try to fight, babies die .. cancer breathes one’s last breath … addictions color lives in shades of greys and blacks.
No matter how hard you fight to not feel, your walls crash down … and you are seen shaking, stripped down, exposed, naked, vulnerable.
The choice is to run for cover…or stand in your moment.
If you run, you run for what seems an eternity, darting from pain, so it won’t ever, ever touch the wound that was never allowed to heal.
If you stand in your moment, you may begin to hear that still, small voice whisper, “I love you. I’ve never left you.”
If you stand in your moment, you may begin to see others who are also standing in their own vulnerability, and you no longer feel alone…you begin to move toward each other, drawn to one another by interconnected heartstrings of compassion. .. and hope.
If you stand in your moment, you may begin to feel the beat of your own heart…that is beating in unison with the heart of God … and with the heart of all of mankind.
You may begin to remember that when nothing is certain, anything is possible, that healing can happen, that it’s possible that one’s life never ends, but simply changes form…and you share that with another.
You may begin to know that perhaps the journey has called you to stand in each moment, to dance with the unknown, to learn and grow with grace, and then reach out with compassion.
You may begin to feel grateful that even one person’s life has breathed easier, just because you have lived.
And then we may begin to dance together…knowing that we can help each other come home to healing and to love … again, and again, and again.
May you stand in your moment.