Wednesday, June 23, 2010

some days are like that...

i think we just don't give ourselves enough credit.

me. you. all of us.

we see the trials of others and think we could never, ever, in a million years do what they do...and survive. we see our own trials and think how unfair it is that we're experiencing them. we think others' lives are easier. we think we're just no good.

and it's all a big lie.

we are all given the trials that we each, individually, need in order to grow stronger. all trials are different and are internalized differently because every person experiencing them is so different. there probably is no way we could ever get through someone else's trial because it's not meant for us.

for me, writing about the good and the bad is quite therapeutic. but, it has made me realize that everyone is struggling. we're all struggling differently, but we're all struggling just the same. i'm not more amazing than anyone who reads or does not read my blog. and i sure hope i don't make others feel that way. you would not believe the emails and messages i've received from people in all walks of life thanking me for such-and-such post because it's exactly how they feel.

and to be honest, it's nice to know others feel the same way.

we're all in this together. we all need each other. we can all learn from and help each other grow. because "some days are like that, even in australia."

so, i have an idea up my sleeve for this exact topic. it's going to be good.

in the meantime, i'll let a couple of toddlers show you how it's done. how we help one another and lift each other up. how could i not like being with my friends' kids when they do stuff like this?

6 comments:

Erica said...

what a sweet photo! the BEST.

(weird the word verification word below seems like a word you might have made up: anicloge. please come up with a definition)

Molly said...

It's so true. This past year you found out what was going on with Leah, another of our friends lost her little boy, and a friend of mine had her husband leave her 3 weeks before their second baby was due.

In the midst of all of this, you mentioned to me that people often say, "She's amazing. I don't think I could make it through what she's going through." And you pointed out that no one thinks they could possibly do that until they find themselves in that situation.

I have stopped saying "I don't think I could survive what she's going through." Instead I say, "I can only pray I can be like her if I'm ever in that situation." And I learn from your examples. It helps me in little trials as well. Don't worry. We don't think you're perfect. We just think you are a shining light that gives us all courage.

Jen said...

Oh, that picture is DANG cute! I'm so glad that we were able to hang out with you AND Leah today. I rarely get to see Mom Maren. :)

Amy W said...

ooooh, I'm staying tuned to hear your great idea! I 2nd what Molly said... a shining light of courage!

carolee said...

maren, I love ya! kiss that sweet leah for us!

maryirene said...

beautiful....