Today I was walking my little charge to ‘prep’ and there was a sign which said ‘Mind your step, uneven ground’…. he asked ‘what does that mean?’ So I explained it as best I could and afterwards began thinking about our pathway through life. So much of it is on uneven ground, bumps, problems, issues that come along – it’s inevitable isn’t it? And I’m kinda glad because I don’t know about you but I’ve met people along the path of life who haven’t had the same bumps along the way and to be honest, I find them hard to relate to them. They are a little shallow. They lack fibre. Understanding, compassion.
So this life of problems, of issues to overcome, of your path suddenly getting twisty when you think your about to turn onto a home ward stretch, this is the stuff that we ought to welcome in with open arms. This is the stuff that makes us into whom we are. I am in awe of someone I know who used to be homeless and yet pulled herself out of that situation and got herself into a uni degree. That takes guts. Courage many people will never know.
I love those stories of people who fall, who falter, who come so close to wanting to throw it all in but for some reason, they hang in there, they live to fight another day… these are the people I want to sit and converse with. These are the souls who have compassion with others because they have tasted defeat, they have touched the dark night of the soul and as a result, they have something intangible that runs through their veins.
Someone said to me recently ‘surely we don’t have to experience pain to have compassion for others?’ and no, of course not. But I do think you can explain how it feels to give birth a million times but until you experience it, they are only words. The older I grow and the more experiences I notch up under my belt I am convinced life is about growing emotionally stronger. It’s about making sense of things, as confusing as ‘things’ sometime seem and developing our inner rudder, that source of strength that helps to guide us in times of turmoil.
Silver Birch talks about feeling sorry for those who are comfortable. Because there is no growth in comfort. All soul growth comes from toil, from overcoming adversity, from facing difficulties. I hope you take solace from this post. It’s meant to spread some light, to help shine apon your path…. never give up…. grow and embrace that growth….
And that all came from ‘mind your step…. uneven ground…. ‘ haha.