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“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”

[/blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”10px”][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]I came across this quote while browsing around Tumblr.  It reminded me of some words from Brene Brown about resiliency. Her research for her new book “Rising Strong” revealed that bravery, the ability to tolerate discomfort, and curiosity were important constructs of an individual’s resiliency in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Bravery. Living your life to the fullest expression of yourself. Taking chances.

Discomfort. Arising from more challenging emotions, within which lessons lie. Our brain is wired to find certainty, while life is full of unknowns.  All transient, yet we are driven to escape.

Curiosity (my personal favorite); an ongoing willingness to reflect and learn from how the first two affect our behavior and chart our course. A compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to ourself and the world around us that can create peace and ease. A child-like quality we tend to replace with judging and classifying in our quest for certainty.

Lovely words.  And timely.  Thanks Universe.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]