In it or by it

Durango Colorado Mountain River

There’s something about mountain streams that really attract me. I took this picture at one near Durango, Colorado. Some of these streams trickle and some absolutely gush. Others are calm and still. Isn’t that just like life? And how often do we get caught up in that stream and annoyed that things in our life aren’t going at the pace we’d like? Or along the journey we’d like? If you’re like me at all, you get impatient and frustrated when things aren’t going just so. I know I’ve yelled at my God, “What the hell?! This isn’t how it’s supposed to be!” But, what if it is. And who says how it is will be like that forever? Everything is temporary, just like the water passing through the rocks in that stream. Sometimes we’re so caught up in the water itself, we forget that where we might ought to be is sitting on the river bank taking care of ourself – just chilling out, kicking back, breathing, and taking in the beauty of that stream. I wonder sometimes if our frustrations in life are because we’re fighting what we need to experience vs embracing those experiences for what they are meant to teach us.

What do you do when you’re frustrated? What can you do different?

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability – and that it may take a very long time.”

Pierre Teilhard de chardin
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