“Any fool can run toward the light. It takes courage to turn and face the darkness and shine a light there.” ~ Leslie Fieger
Positive messages inspire, but we ought not to use them as a rationalization to fearfully flee the power of overwhelming problems and the frustrations of insurmountable obstacles. We cannot outrun our own shadow; as it will only chase us faster.
The notion of grace can cause us to become passive: if the Universe doesn’t deliver opportunity knocking at our doorstep then we presume that we must wait.
My teacher once told me that we need three virtues in a specific order: effort, timing and grace. We cannot know if grace has given us an opportunity unless we take action. We cannot know if the timing is right until we have expended every shred of effort knocking away at every conceivable angle of entry.
Eventually, your momentum causes opportunity to continually knocks, but initially we often need to walk up to ITS door, open it, walk in and introduce yourself.
Our obstacles, problems and fears are no different. We cannot alter our perception of them by attempting escape. Turn to face them and the shadows stops chasing. Not all of that with which we have been graced lies in the comfort and certainty of the light. Face your shadows, your problems unlock potential; your obstacles open into opportunities; and your fears strengthen into faith.
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