How to Refill Your Tank and Recharge Your Battery
If human beings had a low battery indicator on emotional reserves, mine would have dipped near zero. If there was a gauge on our spiritual tank, mine was barely above “E”. After a long, hard winter, disappointments, difficulties and discouragement found me grasping for a lifeline. About a month ago, I felt completely stuck and believe me that’s something very, very hard to admit for someone like me who strives every day to encourage others.
Thankfully, I had to opportunity to attend a moving fund raiser and two writer’s conferences in April. They went a long ways toward reviving my wilting determination to continue in my work. Most recently, the Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference in Omaha provided much-needed encouragement as I heard story after story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable situations. My issues paled in comparison and the experience strengthened my resolve immensely.
“When you go through disappointments or tough times, you may feel like you’ve been buried. You may feel like you’re in a dark, lonely place. You may feel like it’s the end; but in reality, it’s only the beginning. The fact is, you haven’t been buried; you have been planted. That means you’re coming back.”~Joel Osteen
We’re built to last
Human beings are incredibly resilient and can spring back strong and bright after the most tragic circumstances. A whole generation of Holocaust survivors are a testimony to our innate ability to heal. What a tribute to the human spirit!
I get all goosebumpy when a message starts calling to me from every direction. Maybe it was Easter and the Resurrection that stirred my soul. Could it be the trees popping out in brilliant colors where there were only bare and lifeless sticks before? Or is it when I witness the magic of burying a papery brown blob in the cold dirt for a long winter and boom! Finally, tulips, hyacinths and daffodils come smiling up at me.
“There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.” ~Rachel Griffiths
That thought grabs my heart and gets my motor running! Here’s why. We all do the best we can at living life. Everyone makes mistakes, suffers hurts, feels pain and we all fall short. So, I suggest we all deserve a re-do! Personally, I serve a God who delights in second chances!
Look around! Everything old is new again. We’ve heard that before! Recent publications suggest we’re beginning to look at life differently. Isn’t it fascinating? Trendy magazines have featured mending as an art form, honest. (Take a look at Pinterest if you think I’m making this up.) It’s now on-trend to rescue favorite garments with artful, creative, visible repairs. Repurposing and upcycling instead of dumping things in the landfill are hip-and-with-it concepts today. I find it all exhilarating.
Beauty from the broken places
Wabi-sabi is a philosophy that embraces “finding beauty in broken things or old things.” It refers to an awareness of the transient nature of earthly things and an admiration for the things that bear the mark of this impermanence. Many of us believe broken objects have lost their value. It’s the way we’ve been enculturated here in the “modern” world.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. This technique conveys a philosophy not of replacement, but of awe, reverence, and restoration. The gold-filled cracks of a once-broken item are a testament to its history and become the most beautiful elements in the object.
Why not upcycle, repurpose and mend broken people and highlight our own shattered places with gold? Our greatest value often comes from making it through the dark passages in our journey. What’s more, faults, failures, and flaws are quite often the most intriguing parts of our story! We should honor the lessons they’ve taught us!
“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” ~Steve Maraboli
Maybe it’s true what they say?
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. We get better at life in the process of working through difficult circumstances. And that makes us better equipped to serve others. God is the ultimate kintsugi artist and uses broken things to make other things (and people) beautiful again. There’s no merit badge for beating ourselves up. Believe me, I’ve tried it. It’s far too heavy and unfulfilling.
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.”~Fulton Oursler
Don’t do it! I invite you to join me as a fellow second-chancer and hopester. Most exciting of all, let’s rewrite our not-so-perfect story and give it a happy ending! Join me in the amazing opportunity for the ultimate do-over. It’s life reimagined. It’s me, it’s you, v.2. See you next week!