Saturday, September 30, 2006

riding the dragon

I've been reading a small book by Robert J. Wicks called riding the dragon- 10 lessons for inner strength in challenging times.

Here's a quote:

Any occurence that moves us out of taking this life for granted is a gift. Dramatic things do this. So, adolesence, male and female menopause, even trauma, bring possibility with the pain. The question is whether we will listen to and take advantage of these periods of imbalance. Few people do. Just look around. If all suffering led to wisdom and insight without any effort or strength, we would be surrounded by a sea of saints.

There needs to be a sense of faithfulness to the spiritual journey no matter what we are facing...

AMEN to that!


5 comments:

Valerie A. Dowdy said...

Virginia, Thanks for visiting my site and the positive feedback! Thats always a plus :)
I visted your site as well, I like your work. I love nature, I think a lot of my abstraction is rooted in nature.
Valerie Dowdy

LynClay said...

These sound like some very wise words and an interesting read.

Marksiana said...

Do you think suffering brings more wisdom than pain? It seems so, sometimes... why? Is it sadness deeper than joy?

Virginia Wieringa said...

Any occurence that moves us out of taking this life for granted is a gift. Dramatic things do this.... I think that's the key- it gets our attention.

Marksiana said...

Where it says "pain" change it for "happiness" or other similar feeling (it seems I was only thinking about pain yesterday.)