Stop and Surrender

Sometimes I go kicking and fighting into the next chapter of my life.
Sometimes I don’t want to follow through on the marching orders that I’ve been
given.

It could be a divorce, a move to another apartment, a new job – or
the loss of the old one. The key to making the next part of our lives the best
part of our lives is making a commitment to ourselves to make this one life we’ve
been given the most fulfilling it can be. We only get one shot at it.

I might not like what I’m going through but I have to remind myself
that the best way out is through. I have to be patient and say: this too shall pass. I
might not like what is happening. I might have to go deep within myself to find
my inner strength. I have to trust that everything will work out even if it
does not seem that way.

Just for today I can decide to surrender to what is happening in
my life. The pain is not in the reality. The pain is in the resistance.

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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