What if we were to say welcome?

For every matter there is an appointed time, even a time for every pursuit under the heavens: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot; a time to slay, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for battle, and a time for peace. -Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

She opened her eyes and realized that something had shifted.  The anxiety had settled and she could feel the joy oozing from her spirit.  The unfamiliarity of the emotion left her a bit nervous.  “What does it mean?” she asked herself.   “Could I truly embrace what is happening to me?” “How long will this last?”

Is life that unbalanced that we don’t realize that we’ve had too much of something? Or perhaps we’ve had the right amount but pushed it away instead of embracing it?

We run away from the pain, from the trials, from the suffering.  We are constantly seeking happiness and joy.  But how different would life be if we lived in a constant state of utopia? Pain and suffering are necessary for growth, yet we push it away every single time it comes.  What if we were to say welcome?



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