In the Light of the Unexpected
It might be that day of the week
or that particular season
or that darkest hour
when you’ve come to the end of your rope
when your dreams seem impossibly far away
when nothing seems to fit in its proper place
when the bed covers look like an inviting place to stay
“This is not what I expected,” you might say
on this day of the week
in this particular season
of your darkest hour.
It doesn’t mean it can’t work out … or be okay … or become something better than you expected, in time. Just because it’s not what you expected, doesn’t mean it’s turning out all wrong.
Each time you:
open your arms
pick your battles
breathe through the meltdowns
work through the upheavals
spot the silver linings
carry the weight that’s often too big to be carried,
it becomes you.
It becomes you.
This life you didn’t necessarily plan for is becoming quite beautiful on you.
In these diversions from the path you imagined, expected, or hoped for,
there are opportunities to see silver linings of your soul you didn’t even know you had.
But now you do. Now you do.
Shine on, dear one. You radiate strength in the light of the unexpected.
© Rachel Macy Stafford 2017 from #onlylovetoday
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Rachel Macy Stafford has one goal: help people choose love as much as humanly possible. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life, as well as a certified special education teacher and inspiring speaker. Millions find solace and direction in her weekly blog posts at handfreemama.com and supportive Facebook community, The Hands Free Revolution. Rachel’s latest work of heart, ONLY LOVE TODAY, is soulful encouragement for busy individuals yearning to anchor themselves in love despite everyday distractions, pressures, and discord. “Only Love Today” began as a mantra to overcome her inner bully, but it is now the practice of Rachel Macy Stafford’s life. It can be a practice for all of us with ONLY LOVE TODAY.
L.R.Knost is a best-selling parenting and children’s book author and founder and director of Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, an online resource for gentle parenting education, articles, and research. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Release date: May 2014) the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, as well as her children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series available from Amazon and other major retailers.