Thursday, June 22, 2017

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
~ Isaac Newton

It’s hard. Isn’t it? To put one foot in front of the other some days seems like an effort we simply don’t have the energy for. We do it anyway. We do it because we have to, not because we feel like it. We do it because people are counting on us and somehow we find the strength to do for them what we struggle to do for ourselves.

We try not to compare but we do. We ask questions and receive no answers. We hold it in until it overflows then we wail, for the briefest of times; then we pull ourselves together and carry on.

We trust. We rest in our faith. We look ahead because we dare not look behind. Other days, we look behind and that makes looking forward all the harder. We do the best we can.

We feel alone but we know we’re not. We think we’re the only one but we know that every single person is carrying a burden that, at times, feels too heavy. So we reach out.

We extend a hand, a heart, a shoulder, a soft place, and make a difference. Our situation doesn’t change, their situation doesn’t change, but we touch a heart with a simple kindness and that does change things. Then that person carries it forward and reaches out, through their own muck, and passes the kindness into the heart of another.

That’s how we change the world.

Then we realize that the mud on our shoes, so thick and heavy we could barely take one more step, is being washed away. We step lighter. We move forward. We do it again.

That’s how we change our own lives.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. Well said Linda!

    1. Thank you, Sister.

  2. Beautifully put!!

    1. Thank you.

  3. I think it’s the people with ‘mud on their shoes’ that make the difference. Beautiful post. And beautiful photo!

    1. I absolutely agree, Karen. A little mud isn’t a bad thing at all. Thank you.

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