When the Going Gets Tough

     Some days seem darker than others for me.  And some days seem harder.  But then I remember that it's just another moment in another day and the next moment could be filled with laughter or a burst of bright warm sunshine through the dark and heavy clouds. My overall story is not defined by a single moment in time. And my current situation doesn't have to cast a shadow over my life. I can still find moments of joy and laughter when there's struggle and hardship in my life. I can still find moments of peace within myself and moments of quiet amidst the chaos. I can still find strength even when I am wavering and weak.  Whether I'm battling cancer, fighting for my life, or just trying like heck to get through a challenging day; when the going gets tough I have to remind myself of these words...

"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."

- Katrina Kenison


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