“May God in His mercy grant that every day we may be troubled, tried, disciplined, or make some progress.” ~ St. Augustine
“May we willingly reside in our distress, no longer resisting what is, is the real key to transformation. As painful as it may be to face our deepest fears, we do reach the point where it’s more painful not to face them. This is a pivotal point in the practice of life.” ~ Ezra Bayda
I’m feeling all the growing pains of transformation, as some of you might be who are reading this. When we are going through such things, if we can poke our head out to have a glimpse of what’s going on outside us, it’s nice to have a little commiseration, encouragement and humor to see us through the most painful moments.
One of those times, last May, I went with my good friend to see this movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. She and I had been to India several times together, and as I see myself and my dear ones getting older, the plot appealed to me as well. I especially hold tight to the line, “Everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright, it is not yet the end.” 🙂
As in the movie, I’m facing the challenge head-on, with the goal not just to cope through life, but to thrive regardless of circumstance! Acceptance, Patience, Hope and Surrender are my bedfellows (and boy do they snore). Transformation is a birthing process, a product of union and integration. Desire > Pain > Bliss. That seems to be how it goes. Once things gain momentum, there’s no going back (like it or not, can’t climb back in the chute). And that’s ultimately a good thing.
I love the quote here by Ezra Bayda. That is beautiful, and so true. And, for me, Acceptance, Patience, Hope and Surrender are my daily challenge to myself. Some days I am better at these than others 🙂
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