#darkandlight

Send Your Roots Down Into Soil That Nourishes Your Soul

Overnight my phone rang at 3 am.  It was my daughter who lives in Nashville TN.  Over the past few weeks she and her fiancé have been through a tornado which destroyed their new neighborhood of east Nashville. They have, as all of have, made many difficult adjustments to their lives due to the spread of coronavirus.  And last night – the phone call.  Their living roof caved in and collapsed on their dog crate (yes – dog inside) and all over their living room.

Strength, Gratitude, and Loving Kindness

A lot to cope with.  And yet, when I spoke to her this morning her attitude was upbeat, they had a friend helping them store some items, had saved their artwork, and prepared their home for the contractors as they pack up and head to Montana to wait out this outbreak. They are safe and un-harmed, and the dogs are safe and unharmed.  Thank goodness. The new couch is completely ruined.  That, we can handle. We are so grateful.

I was reminded of a phrase my father has shared me often when I have faced difficult times.  “God never hands you more than you can handle.”  I know this to be true.  We are all stronger than we think we are.  There will be pain and there will be loss. There will be days where it feels like the roof is collapsing over our heads and spreading dust and chaos everywhere.

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Feeding The Wolves

My father shared this quote with me several years ago:

“An old woman is telling her granddaughter about a fight that is going on inside of her. She says it is between two wolves.  One is dark: full of envy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, superiority, and pride. The other light: full of joy, peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, honesty, compassion, faith, and gratitude.
The granddaughter thinks about it for a minute and then asks her grandmother, “Which wolf wins?”
The grandmother simply replies, “The one I feed.”

Which wolf are you feeding?

We all have the voices of the two wolves swirling through our thoughts daily. In every moment we choose to nourish the wolf of darkness or the wolf of light. Both wolves live inside our minds and thoughts, both a part of who we are. Our wolves grow, learn, and gain their voices from the journey of our experiences.

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