I hope this post finds you well! I am amazed at all you are doing and the ways you’re figuring things out! Good for you!
Do you believe that we are here to learn? That life was designed to be a continuous series of experiences that help us grow? That we gain strength by learning to “run against the wind?”
Our progression is a process.
I don’t know about you, but even though I love learning, my initial response to challenges at times is, “How can I get back to ‘my normal’ quickly?”
However, I’d like my auto-pilot response to be more of, “I really want to learn something new from this situation so I’m going to deal with the temporary discomfort and trust in the learning process!”
So I’ve been kicking this idea around in my head a lot lately.
If we’re determined to grow, understanding the ‘temporary discomfort’ part can help a lot!
And if our ultimate goal is to become, through this mortal opportunity, little by little, complete and whole and fully developed (scripturally perfect) children of God, we will continue in learning mode and not give up!
Let go of worry.
Understanding and remembering that learning is a process, can help us move beyond the accompanying sense of anxiety we may feel when we’re having new experiences or stepping into new ways of doing things.
(Hopefully remembering can help us to spend far less time worrying and more time actually working!)
Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“Some of your hurts you have cured
and the sharpest you’ve even survived.
But what torments of grief you endured,
from evils which never arrived.”
Kids need our example.
We teach our children how to learn, as we show them how to live in, and not retreat from, the learning process.
We can be inspiring examples to them by humbly submitting to God’s will, by asking for His loving help, by being patient with ourselves and by continuing to move forward.
Having faith that we will come out of unknowing and uncertainty, into greater knowledge, experience and ability.
As my dear friend Geaneen reminded me recently, “Trust the process.”
Be well and God bless you my friend. Remember that you are lovable, and so loved!
“Come, let us anew our journey pursue,
Roll round with the year,
And never stand still till the Master appear.
His adorable will let us gladly fulfill,
And our talents improve
By the patience of hope and the labor of love,
By the patience of hope and the labor of love.”
Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Come Let Us Anew, Hymn