True Grit and Amazing Grace

August 19, 2010

“There is no obstacle that true grit and Amazing Grace cannot overcome.” from SIMPLE ABUNDANCE by Sarah Ban Breathnach

This quote inspires me so much. “Grit” as a term for determination is so appropriate because it embodies hard work, getting down to business (the “nitty gritty”), and really digging in. Amazing Grace is the gift that comes from outside ourselves to lift us over the top, just when we think we can’t go one more step. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to keep on keeping on. We work so hard to keep going. So often, we try to take our daily journeys alone and don’t even think of asking for help. While it is true that there is a lot of work, a lot of study, and a lot of effort that we must do individually, it is not true that we have to take the journey alone. Sharing with a friend, being accountable to a mentor or accountability partner, developing a spiritual life, all can contribute to both sides of this hard work/gift of grace equation. Discussing the difficulties and ideas for solving them can help clarify the thought process. Listening to someone else can bring us the idea we hadn’t had or show us where we are on the wrong track. Looking beyond ourselves into the spiritual can bring us a peace and a clarity and open us to receiving the support and encouragement we need, not only from others but from God as well. As Lyndon Johnson said, “There aer no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve by ourselves.” Sharing the journey, with its difficulties, can keep our supply of determination, true grit, up to the maximum needed. Exploring the spiritual opens us to receiving the gift of Amazing Grace, keeping our spirits positive and our outlooks hopeful. With this combination, those difficulties and road blocks are not so intimidating, no longer insurmountable obstacles.

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One Response to “True Grit and Amazing Grace”

  1. Lynne Keane said

    Thank you for sharing and it is so true! I think that as women we think we have to do it all but when we work together great things can happen!

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