“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott, author
Will I Show Up?
Anne Lamott is a writer who not only touches a chord in my heart, but she resonates with people all over the globe. I think what makes her work so appealing is that she doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but she just keeps showing up. And sometimes I think that’s all any of us can do.
During the early days of my divorce, it took every ounce of energy I could muster to get out of bed. Every morning I was faced with the same question… “Am I going to show up today?” Staying under the covers was always a very enticing option. But whenever I managed to pull myself to my feet and face the day again, I gained courage. And hope; I was going to be okay again.
“Hope is a revolutionary patience. It’s an active, quiet assurance that God is in control and that your life will be truly good again. And not just sort of wishy, washy make-do so-so good. But extravagantly, wonderfully, incredibly good. So take heart.” (Anne Lamott).
As we continue along our divorce journey, lets decide to answer “Yes” to facing the day. Look for the moments of joy. If we are faithful in doing the little things to help ourselves heal, the sun will show itself again.
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” ~ Psalm 31:24 (NIV)