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#389: A Journey Without End

Thursday, August 05, 2010

We are all on a lifelong journey, one that will never end until our last day. It is a multi-faceted trip that will have many detours and forks in the road. There will be times we will be on a fast track and times we hit slow zones. But we continue our journey regardless.

We overcome the obstacles in our way. We find ways over and around hurdles blocking our path. We acknowledge that life will be like driving in mountains, with breathtaking peaks one moment and deep valleys the next. We realize that our paths will not always be smooth. But we never give up, because this is what life requires of us.

In math there is the concept of the bell curve that says that given enough of anything that 80 percent of it will fall in a middle range with 10 percent at the high end and 10 percent falling at the low end. The concept is more detailed but is relevant to us because the majority of our lives will slide along as average. The rest of our time here is filled with euphoric highs and depressing lows.

The highs and the mundane times are easy to handle, aren't they? It is the down periods that test our fortitude and resolve. This is when we need to dig deep inside ourselves and find the belief that things will get better and that the bad times will not stay with us forever.

Lately, my life's lows have felt like the 80 percent instead of 10, but I know better. Living is a life-long activity and these extreme times are but a minor part of my overall time on earth. Sure, it is often extremely difficult to stay positive and a few times I don't feel that way. But those feelings are fleeting. What gets me through, when I think I can not handle more tribulations, is my bedrock belief that hard times do not last.

Our lows may bring tears and feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. That's understandable and are normal reactions. If we embrace these feelings and continue to truly know deep in our hearts that the sun will shine again tomorrow, we can beat these dismal dips in the road.

Let's keep our eyes on our destination, stay positive and always believe in ourselves. If we do, life can be a marvelous journey, one that leads us to an everlasting life afterward.
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  • IAMWINNING
    Lou, thank you for being you, and for sharing so many good thoughts.

    I agree that sometimes it feels like our lows are 80%, but isn't it wonderful to know our Savior is WITH us THROUGH the lows to the other side?!! I very much like the poem about the Footprints In The Sand. It's encouraging and comforting.

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    3857 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    Lou, you are such an inspiration! You not only show we can get threw hard times ,but you face your hard times by reaching out and helping others. You don't let one area of your life get you down to where you stop living. You show us by example that we can still be joyful in-spite of our situations or problems that we are unhappy about . Good Blog! Hugs, Joy
    3859 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Such a good, Biblical principle, Lou, very solid, with practical application that is so very helpful. Thank you!

    *hugs*

    Missy
    3860 days ago
  • GIRLYGIRL54
    I love the saying, "LIFE ISN'T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS, IT'S ABOUT LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN."

    We don't have time to waste by wallowing in the muck. Even if its raining, get out there and make a few splashes in the puddles!!

    Usually after those valley lows, incredible JOY follows! Like sunshine after the rain. Like a rainbow after the dark clouds have passed. So be ready...and believe in the One who can turn mourning into dancing!!

    Hope you're feeling better today, Lou!

    3861 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    emoticon Sending you some sunshine. (But not the kind that makes you want to fry an egg on the sidewalk :))
    3861 days ago
  • TEXASG-MA
    Great blog! A really good insight and take on it all. Yes, we are all in for the life long haul. It is what we ourselves make it. I wish you all the happiness and luck on your way to your goals.
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    3861 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Lou, I read your blog and Leah's reply, and she's right, that's for sure! Isn't she a great friend!?

    YOU are a ROCK, my friend! You make me realize that getting through hard times can be done without giving up. Thank you for sharing your focus. I know you truly believe what you say, and so do I.
    3861 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Lou, I read your blog and Leah's reply, and she's right, that's for sure! Isn't she a great friend!?

    YOU are a ROCK, my friend! You make me realize that getting through hard times can be done without giving up. Thank you for sharing your focus. I know you truly believe what you say, and so do I.
    3861 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    Great blog, Lou. God never said the trials and tribulations we go through weould be easy; but He did say that He would be with us through it all. That always brings me comfort. He is with us in the good times, the so-so times, and even in the really bad times. And, regardless of what happens, the sun ALWAYS comes up the next morning!

    Thank you for sharing this!
    3861 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    I agree completely. Always keep the faith! Lovely blog, Lou. I really needed this right now. You radiate inspiration. Hang in there...brighter days are coming! emoticon
    3861 days ago
  • PIGLET1979
    Wonderful metaphor.
    3861 days ago
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