moving slowly

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
― Confucius

It feels like I’ve been moving slowly for a very long time. But, I’ve been moving.

Time & Light IIThe clock dawdles, or so it seems, when you’re waiting for change. If you’re watching and waiting, it’s probably because times are hard and you’re looking for a better situation, something that makes you happy to wake up in the morning.

Sometimes you feel you’re not moving forward because the challenges have been so overwhelming you need time to recuperate. Recovering from an unfamiliar and frightening situation can be difficult, to say the least. We seek safety and comfort first, and change second.

That’s what happened to me a few years ago.  I found myself overwhelmed by circumstances over which I truly had no control. I wasn’t sure who my friends were, and out of fear they’d all deserted me, I avoided everyone.

Eventually things began to right themselves. A close friend reached out to me and told me the truth about what others were thinking, and it was good. I found new friends, a new job, and just this last year, for the first time in 15 years, I got a new car.

I learned something through all of this. Before we can truly move forward, we need a level of security. Simply finding that solid strength within ourselves can be moving forward, despite how a lack of change in circumstances may appear to others.

There were those in my life frustrated by my slow recovery, but thankfully, others recognized how lost I was for a time, and how much healing I really needed.

If you’re struggling, sunrise-in-savanna_f1ibGZDu [Converted] smwhatever your situation, allow time to restore your energies, and forgive yourself for not bouncing back in record time. Some things aren’t meant to be rushed. The smallest step is enough.

When times are hard, our hope is in anticipation of a promising future. It’s there, waiting for us. Life works that way. Can I guarantee that for everyone? No, that’s not within my power, but it’s what I’ve seen in the lives of those closest to me, especially friends I’ve known for decades.

Every move forward, now matter how slow, is taking you where you want to go. And really, we don’t always know how far we’re going to have to go anyway. The next step may surprise us with unexpected joy.


Image Credit:(top) © hourglass © Alexey Klementiev; sky © Pakhnyushchyy; lights © mehmetcanturkei; background © averroe — All, (bottom) ©

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