The Graces of Knowing

I had a memory pop up this week. I think I must have been around age three.  I feel like I was in one of those snow suits that resemble the letter t, arms straight out either side.

I was tobogganing, and something must have knocked the wind out of me at the bottom of what was likely a pretty small hill. What I remember was this man getting down to my level, looking me right in the eye and saying, ‘you’re ok kid’ – and I felt ok – until my sister came upon the scene and I burst into tears.

It’s a powerful message, to hear you’re ok. Maybe I needed to hear it now, just like that little kid did. That brave, innocent little girl, who didn’t know, didn’t have a clue - what life had in store for her or what to be afraid of.

Now I know we never really know what life has in store for us. We never really know the full meaning of every lesson, or grasp the full breadth of our experiences. We are limited to our level of wisdom at any given moment, confined to the workings of our present mind.

Perhaps ‘the knowing’ we seek isn’t what we think it is. Perhaps it’s not so much about knowing what is going to happen to us, but rather knowing that whatever happens to us, we’ll be ok. May we be blessed enough to understand just that.  The more confident we become in this thinking, the less challenging our life becomes, the fewer dragons we have to fight.

It is with that gratitude of knowing, that I extend my best wishes out to you this season, and with a clink of the glass I’d like to also say – you’re ok kid. We all are. Sometimes we get up and dust ourselves off, sometimes we burst into tears but every step of the way we get stronger, wiser and more courageous.

Much Love & Happy Holidays
Carrie

1 comment

  • Sonya

    Sonya London, UK

    What a wonderful piece of writing. You're so right we never know what challenges lie in wait around the corner. They could be easy, but they can be so tough. We have to believe that we can overcome them one way or another and that we should aim for that light at the end if the tunnel which may seem so far away. Carrie, thank you for all the inspiration you have given me this year. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas. Much love Sonya

    What a wonderful piece of writing. You're so right we never know what challenges lie in wait around the corner. They could be easy, but they can be so tough. We have to believe that we can overcome them one way or another and that we should aim for that light at the end if the tunnel which may seem so far away.

    Carrie, thank you for all the inspiration you have given me this year. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas.

    Much love
    Sonya

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