Life ain’t easy.
I don’t usually use the word “ain’t” but it just fits here. It makes us smile just a bit, takes the edge off the truth of this statement: Life, and of course I don’t mean just breathing in and breathing out, is a proving ground. It tests us and treats us. It’s grand, it’s grueling, it’s thrilling, it’s exhausting.
And it’s nice to have some helpful info along the way that doesn’t make you feel like you’ve still got such a long way to go, that assures you you’re not alone on the journey, and reminds you that others have gone before you and stumbled like you and got back up, like you. I enjoyed my friend Rachel Olsen’s new book, It’s No Secret, for this very reason. It’s a book to help you navigate life, but it’s down-to-earth prose is refreshing and real.
I met Rachel last summer at Proverbs 31’s annual SheSpeaks event and I loved getting to know her and her passion for helping women live a life of fullness. It’s No Secret is brimming with good advice but it’s lighthearted, too – a really nice balance of both. And it’s a book that offers some great introspective questions for self- or group study. You don’t just read it to read it, you read it to change the status quo, especially if your life pursuits are running you ragged, as the saying goes.
I love what her publisher wrote on the back of her book to summarize its contents: “Are you tired of life as usual? Done with feeling exhausted, or worse, bored? Ready to trade your issues and hang-ups for greater intimacy and fulfillment? Then it’s time you did some digging for biblical “bling” and discovered the shining secrets to life in God’s kingdom.” The “secrets” that aren’t really secrets after all are comforting practices like rest, humility, generosity, and other virtues we tend to push to the back burner when life gets busy and complicated.
Yeah, life is hard. But it doesn’t have to be has hard as we often make it. Sometimes it’s just our attitudes and exercises that need to change, not so much the road we are on.
Rachel has a lovely blog you might want to start visiting. She is one smart cookie. . . And cookies make life more enjoyable, don’t they?
See you Friday. . .
Life ain’t easy.