__it Happens

I have a little me time in the morning and try to meditate and ask God for help and guidance. I was thinking about where I am at and what I hope comes next. – I finished my chemo treatments for lung cancer on the 10th at the VA Hospital, and I am working at getting back to my second or third new normal in the last 2 years. They also did the surgery on me and removed the lobe with the cancer back in May. Anyway, I read this quote by John Neal as part of my meditation’s. I wonder why there have been so many “growth opportunities” (or what we I called “AFGOs” in the Army) lately. It is :

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm.”

This made me think of a poem on a plaque we have at home from Ella Wheeler-

“One ship drives east and another drives west with the selfsame winds that blow.   Tis the set of the sails and not the gales which tells us the way to go.   Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate, as we voyage along through the life:   Tis the set of a soul that decides its goal, and not the calm or the strife. ”

I have concluded that there will always be “A certain amount of opposition” in the events of my life and that it is normal and healthy. When the opposition appears it is up to me to choose which way I will be influenced. That is the set of my sail. If I ask for guidance before I start in that direction, I usually end up right where I am supposed to be. If the course needs to be altered while on the way, (usually because of some kind of new opposition) there is less pain in the change. The opposition will always be present and change always happens. This morning I think I will pray and ask for guidance, and then I will talk to a trusted peer. I also hope you fare well in the ever-changing winds of life.

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