By Jennifer Carter Avgerinos
Currently, there are some places in my life that feel like they exist purely as tests of will and mental endurance and other places that feel like huge gaping voids that I can’t seem to fill. I won’t elaborate on what those places are because when you’re manifesting, you aren’t supposed to talk about it. I also know people that are dealing with much larger challenges than mine and it’s always good to keep things in perspective. A good friend of mine is reeling from the implosion of her marriage, I have friends looking for work, and I have friends that struggle with depression and loneliness and chronic pain. Staying positive can be a challenge sometimes.
I bought this t-shirt that says TAKE ME TO PARIS and my husband jokes that it should say TAKE ME TO INDIA instead. We have been talking more and more about going there sometime in the near future. I occasionally fantasize about quitting my day job Jerry McGuire style and going there for a couple of months, to see Amma, the Hugging Saint and leaving all my worries behind. It’s good to have a dream, but we all know that sometimes the only way forward is by practicing acceptance of what is and finding some way through it.
I received an attitude adjustment when I learned about a defiant statement of faith that was scrawled on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany by a Jew hiding from the Nazi Gestapo during WWII. American soldiers discovered it below the Star of David when searching the bombed house. This poem is now a haunting anthem by Mark Miller. Here’s the poem:
“I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.
I believe in love, even when I do not feel it.
I believe in God, even when God is silent.”
How this person could be so hopeful in the face of destruction is amazing to me. It puts everything into perspective very quickly doesn’t it? Suddenly, even our non-insignificant problems seem insignificant in comparison. I am a continual work in progress and life is like all things truly worthwhile, an art. So, I’m keeping my day dreams of India and I take it all one day at a time, valuing all things with such an openness as to provide not only the proper balance, but to allow for proper action when needed. What helps you get by when life gets rugged?