The other night, I told a gathering of friends about the most important moment of my life: the day I read a poem called “The Road of Life” by someone called anonymous.
That poem, which I share below, contains my secret to Blossoming. But first here’s a snapshot of my most recent articles…
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7 Best Pieces of Advice From Creative Writing Workshops – inspired by my recent experience at an author’s reading. Natalie Goldberg wrote two awesome books on writing: Writing Down the Bones and The True Secret of Writing.
Dating After Divorce – 3 Things You Need to Know – While researching “dating after divorce”, I discovered that some divorcees think that most people are not looking to date someone who is divorced. Do you believe this is true – that most people don’t want to date a divorcee? If so, then you’ll approach dating with a very different set of expectations and attitudes than if you believe that most people are open to dating someone they feel connected and attracted to.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Blossom – My purpose is to write articles that help you set down your burdens – how to listen to the still small voice. I love the idea of fresh growth, Blossoms, stretching upwards to God’s big blue sky. Believe it or not, I also love the pain of Blossoming.
Growth can hurt…but it’s worth the pain.
My Secret to Blossoming on the Journey
Have you ever experienced a turning point in your life? One of those moments where there is no going back, a moment that becomes your secret (or not so secret) tipping point?
This is my tipping point – the poem that changed my life.
The Road of Life
At first, I saw God as my observer,
keeping track of the things I did wrong,
so as to know whether I merited heaven
or hell when I die.
He was out there sort of like a president.
I recognized His picture when I saw it,
but I really didn’t know Him.
But later on
when I met Christ,
it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride,
but it was a tandem bike,
and I noticed that Christ
was in the back helping me pedal.
I don’t know just when it was
that He suggested we change places,
but life has not been the same since.
When I had control,
I knew the way.
It was rather boring,
but predictable . . .
It was the shortest distance between two points.
But when He took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
and through rocky places
at breakneck speeds,
it was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness,
He said, “Pedal!”
I worried and was anxious
“Where are you taking me?”
He laughed and didn’t answer,
and I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life
and entered into the adventure.
And when I’d say, “I’m scared,”
He’d lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed,
gifts of healing,
They gave me gifts to take on my journey,
my Lord’s and mine.
And we were off again.
He said, “Give the gifts away;
they’re extra baggage, too much weight.”
So I did,
to the people we met,
and I found that in giving I received,
and still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him,
in control of my life.
I thought He’d wreck it;
but He knows bike secrets,
knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.
And I am learning to shut up
in the strangest places,
and I’m beginning to enjoy the view
and the cool breeze on my face
with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.
And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore,
He just smiles and says . . . “Pedal.”
— author unknown
The other night with my friends, I tried to describe how this poem affected me the first time I read it (I was a human version of Niagara Falls). I also tried to share the content of the poem but I missed the best parts!
This poem contains my secret to Blossoming in life: faith. Trusting in the love, peace, and freedom that only a personal relationship with God can give me. That, and keep pedaling.
What’s your secret? How do you navigate the ups and downs, highs and lows, mountain peaks and valleys?
If you don’t know the secret to Blossoming in your life, don’t give up. Listen to the still small voice, and it will come.
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.