Lately I need only to stand.

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When I look back on the past couple weeks, I am inclined towards complaining, towards embracing the view that my life has been difficult and stressful lately. There has been too much reading, too much writing, too much grading, too many things that haven’t gotten done that I just keep ignoring because there is no energy or time to focus on them, and then they pile up and make me want to pull the covers over my head in the morning. I feel like these weeks have been so full of stuff I don’t like, that everything I do love has been pushed out.

But today I am choosing truth.

And the truth is that over the past couple weeks, punctuating the business and stress there have been some beautiful moments, some restful moments, some peaceful moments. There have been late evening picnics and long long bike rides through the city.  Doors left open so the crisp breeze can come in and fresh apples at the market.  Clouds painted pink and nails painted red. Fountains and slippers and benches and burgers.

There have been moments of blessing, exactly where I am.

Mary OliverHappy weekend. Be blessed where you stand.

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23 Responses to Lately I need only to stand.

  1. Anna Louisa says:

    What a lady! I think I’m going to be appropriating “choose truth” in my own parenting (with the two of us, I’m sure we’ll have some drama queens). It’s so much more powerful than a sarcastic “I’m sure your life is soooo hard”…not that that was my other option 🙂

    • Hannah says:

      It pretty much has the effect of shutting up the whining, or at least inducing guilt, both of which are acceptable outcomes. : )

      Excited for your first little drama queen to make her appearance in just a couple months!

  2. Emily says:

    This is so true! What a great reminder. Thanks for this lovely post. And the wonderful quote.:-)


  3. Excellent! One of my favorite verses when I’m feeling anxious is Phil. 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true…think on these things.” This stops me from worrying about things that might happen or things I cannot control.

  4. Excellent! A good motto to have.

  5. I love this. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Thank you for this reminder!

  7. Lawson Stone says:

    And when all else fails, there’s Jack Bauer.

  8. Laura says:

    Wow, I really needed to hear this. Thanks for the reminder to “choose truth.” Love that.

  9. Devon says:

    Thanks for the reminder!

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  11. Stephanie says:

    So lovely, your mother is very smart! Thanks for this reminder.

  12. Jeff R says:

    I really like that phrase. Profound and simple. I feel like most things profound are said simply. Great article.

  13. Tirza says:

    I will most definitely start using this phrase with my daughter and with myself! Thank you so much for that!!!
    Also thank you for the reminder that there are blessings exactly where I am! Sometimes in all the busy-ness of life, I lose sight of that.

  14. Gina says:

    It has been a crazy month around here; full of school starting, many trips to the Dr (and a couple to the hospital), a husband sent out of town for work, behaviour challenges with the kids and plain old exhaustion. It is SO easy (and automatic, for me at least!) to look back and only see the crazy – so thank you for the Mary Oliver quote. It was a reminder that this month was also full of sidewalk chalk hopscotch, bike rides to school with the kids, cake, beach volleyball, campfire cooked hotdogs and laughter.
    I love reading your blog – you are a wonderful writer and talented photographer. Thank you for sharing that.

  15. Rachel Ott says:

    I LOVED this! Choosing truth is something everyone should learn. Thank you for writing this!

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