Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
I find myself drawn to this quote. I view it as a creative concept – a metaphor for life. There are days when my visual storytelling comes easily, and days where I struggle to think of what to write. The quote speaks to the ebb and flow of fortune and the importance of hope to celebrate and carry alternately as needed. I don’t read this quote with a heavy heart. It isn’t sad. Rather it feels like a simple fact of life that coincides with some of my beliefs.
I believe we manage the highs and lows of our lives by learning through the lows. That at the times we are most desperate we are given the greatest opportunities. I believe you cannot appreciate the good, without understanding the bad. And I believe that it is all easier if you follow a calling and make the journey with love.
Recently I was reading Medium.com, a new website dedicated to improving the quality of writing on the internet and came across a piece titled The Crossroads of Should and Must — Medium The premise of the article is simple. When we are listening to our calling from within we are our most authentic and happiest selves. We cease to be about external forces… we no longer go to work, we are the work.
One is about choice, about being in touch with one’s self – deeply understanding values and mission. This is in stark contrast to a life lived externally where forces and circumstances mold you and determine the choices that open to you.
My advice… Choose Must. Life is an adventure best lived in truth to those things one is most passionate about.