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

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.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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