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A Simple Path – To Staying Strong

By on Nov 27, 2011

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” ~ Japanese Proverb

December is almost here. I felt it coming yesterday.

65 MPH wind gusts made the drive home from Denver a challenge. Nine hours of dodging tumbleweeds, corn husks and other debris was exhausting. It took deliberate effort to keep the car straight and on the road.

Just before reaching our house, Mary Beth sent a text message to Brandon, Caitlin and Andrew telling them we made it home safely. With Thanksgiving behind us, my wife and I now turn our attention to Christmas.

December is almost here.

Eleven months ago we made resolutions for the coming year. With the best intentions, we attempted to accomplish each one. While we started with an honest effort, we quickly got lost in the year.

Many of our resolutions have been replaced by unexpected, forceful gusts. Cars broke down; relationships struggled and people died without warning. Now at the end of November, we can feel defeated that another year is almost over and some of our resolutions never had a chance. At the end of November, it can feel like our resolutions have been lost in the wind.

But by God’s grace, December is almost here.

And when it arrives, it will bring a beautiful new chance.

We have made this far. We haven’t given up. Maybe the things we wanted to accomplish haven’t happened yet, but at least we are here today, standing against the gusts.

Sometimes the simple path to staying strong doesn’t come from accomplishing every resolution we make, but from having the strength to stay the course no matter what we encounter along the way.

December is almost here.

It will provide the chance to look back and consider what hasn’t been accomplish or the chance to celebrate something wonderful – the power of our amazing strength no matter life’s velocity.

I feel my beautiful new chance coming.

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Debbie, and He will help us through the storms, too.Thanks for your warm blessings.

  • Hi Alex,

    Glad you made it home safe. The Lord was watching out for you. This Thursday we are having snow and on the plains it is blowing. He held the storm back for a week, so you would return safely.

    When we don’t get everything done, like Dia says, there is always tomorrow and with faith we do get done what we are meant to get done. Everyday is a new day. Have to love that.

    Blessing to you and your family,

  • Rose, it’s my favorite line, too. Thanks for inspiring me today!

    Bryan, I’m glad to walking the simple paths with you!

    Tenivic, continued blessing and God’s love to you – and enjoy the sunshine, you deserve it.