Author Sarah Ban Breathnach has inspired me for years. I first discovered her daybook ‘Simple Abundance’ in 1997. Today’s Prayer to Passage will be drawn from this book.
I pray, “Dear God, How do I continue to make the most of my short time on earth? Refresh my perspective on wasting time vs. valuing the preciousness of every day. Amen.”
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”
“Some of us hear our passion calling when we’re very young, but most of us do not because we’re too busy listening to what other people, especially our parents, are telling us. So we embark on a vocational path, trying on different lives for size until we find one we can wear even if it doesn’t necessarily fit.
Perhaps you’re conflicted about continuing the journey you started twenty-five years ago but have outgrown. You know you’re not heading in the direction you want to go, but at least your daily motions are familiar. In today’s uncertain world, feeling safe and secure seems the emotional definition of sanity.
Perhaps you’re skilled in one occupation but not thrilled about using those skills anymore. Some other work does secretly thrill you. But the stakes seem too high. Perhaps you’re dismayed, even embarrassed, by the thought that you don’t know what Great Work waits for you.
Not knowing what you want to do can be very disconcerting. You want to go forward but find yourself standing still, overwhelmed by the options or the risks.”
—SARAH BAN BREATHNACH
Oh yes, this is where I am at. I think we all sense this at some point along our paths. I honestly have no idea what awaits me. I am taking steps each day, and everything begins with that first step. Because the movements are slight, I do not feel overwhelmed, and for this I am truly grateful. This is a process, a beautiful becoming.
To reach out beyond my comfort zone might be my next step. Great risks can blossom great rewards. I am paying attention every day to what choices are available to me. The Great Work that waits for me is not close enough; I do become impatient. Yet when I trust in God’s timing, I know that each day is a teacher. And the lessons are for a purpose under Heaven.