have you heard the good news?

21-the-wholehearted

“Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”*

‘Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives: it’s how the process teaches us the most about who we are.’**

You’re not just the messenger – the good news is for you, too.

You are a messenger, though.  When you receive some good news, some gift that sets you free, you become a good news giver to others.

Good news doesn’t just appear fully formed.  It comes about by unwrapping a promise through personal work, often hard work in difficult circumstances.

Part of this is the emotional work and more we have to do – and nothing we do is free from emotion.  It’s often how we feeling think about things that forms the prison the good news is able to set us free from: when we identify what we most want to do – must do – we don’t want to carry our prison around with us.

You can’t turn your prison into a garden.  By this, I mean the things which emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually de-energise you are very unlikely to be turned into the things which energise you.  Better to see these for what they are and work on them from the outside.  That is move away from them altogether or manage them through the things which energise you.

And knowing this is good news worth sharing.

(*Frederick Buechner, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.)

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