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Quote of the Day: Shauna Niequist

October 5th, 2014

“I don’t know what season you are in these days, what’s broken down and what’s beautiful in your life this season. I don’t know if this is a season of sweetness or one of sadness. But I’m learning that neither last forever. There will, I’m sure be something that invades this current loveliness. That’s how life is. It won’t be sweet forever. But it won’t be bitter forever either. If everywhere you look these days it’s wintery, desolate, lonely, practice believing in springtime. It always, always comes, even though on days like today it’s nearly impossible to imagine, ground frozen, trees bare, and spiky. New life will spring from this same ground. This season will end, and something entirely new will follow it.”

Shauna Niequiest in Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
winter 2
Sunny winter morning 3
the first spring blooms 5
When I read this book this past summer this quote really resonated with me. We often want our lives to be always sweet, without realizing that the bitterness is what allows us to savor the sweetness. If your life is sweet right now, enjoy it, relish it, savor it. If your life is bitter right now, look ahead to the sweetness that will come and try to grow from the bitterness that you’re experiencing now.

One Comment to “Quote of the Day: Shauna Niequist”
  1. Nebraska Dave on October 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Susy, your quote of the day is so true. I’ve been around long enough to have lived through many sweetness and sadness seasons of life. My experience has taught me to just keep plodding forward with determination when the sad days were upon me. Eventually, the days will lighten and the sweetness will return. During the sad times, isolation was always on my mind but I made intentional choices to refrain from doing that and soon the sadness turned into memories that make me smile when I now think of them. I’ve been through it all with divorce, death of a spouse, and now serious health issues. In my humble opinion, just never never never give up. Sweetness is just beyond the horizon and headed our way.

    Have a great sweetness day.

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