having heart

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It is amazing what the human body can handle. Long days and short nights, where sleep seems like a distant prayer with no answer. Hours on feet, thousands of footsteps taken, mouths that are tired from the talking and ears that ring with the listening. Labor that breaks sweat and lasts all day. The waking when there has not been enough rest - but still the miracle of the waking.

We wake every morning and our bodies feel stronger than the night before. We begin again, sometimes with no hope for rest again but only the faith that we will get through and try. We do this over and over and I believe there is beauty in this struggle.  

Living this life the right way takes a lot of heart. It is brave of course, it is courage and willpower mixed with ambition and grounded in faith, but it is mostly heart - both literally and figuratively. These hearts of ours are often weighted and limp but they are also filled to the top with light. Resting gracefully there and reminding us that we have done it before, and we can do it again. 

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Andrea said...

Love these words, I needed that today!

Anonymous said...

love this. love you. :)

Brittany said...

It really is amazing what humans can bear--physically and emotionally. Love this.

Anonymous said...

I love this post. I was just reading today about how waking from sleep is essentially 'waking to consciousness' each morning. It struck me as profound... And now to read your words!
A wonderful synchronicity.