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Temporarily stranded but never stuck. (2) Monday April 14, 2014

To be rendered stuck, hindered or stationary, by circumstances can be a painful thing. We can find ourselves stuck, or at a standstill, with feelings too. It may feel impossible to move forward from either.

However, no matter how stuck we may feel there is always movement, imperceptible it maybe but there is movement, nonetheless. Arthur Hugh Clough's poem, Say Not The Struggle Naught Availeth, expresses it well.

"For while the tired waves, vainly breaking,
Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

Yes, sometimes, the tide doesn't look as though it is coming in, does it? It happens slowly but it is coming in.

Shift and change can happen suddenly. In the meantime, we can actively plant flowers in the mind and soul; read, learn, show kindness, be patient, hold out our unique gifts, or 'colours', to the world and those around us.

"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance." H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Anonymous Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 7:10am

Thank you Suzy. An apposite reminder.

Anonymous Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 7:42am

Thanks Suzy. I love the quote about the rock and the stream. One to remember. And lovely, visual poem. So true. Perseverance is a much under rated word!

Lex McKee Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 7:57am

Beautiful x

heather Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 10:21am

That was very lovely Suzy.

michelle Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 1:35pm

such a lovely poem. No matter how stuck we become in life and we all do now and again be it mentally or physically perseverance is the answer. That's what I have learned. I try to take each day as it comes because there is always some kind of problem in our way and we have to just go with the flow just like the waves.

Richard Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 5:51pm

Thankyou again, Suzy. I too liked the stream and rock image. Love, Rich x

Mart Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 6:37pm

Great post. I like what you said about planting flowers in the mind and soul. Very rarely does anything significant happen overnight but with care and a little "watering" those positive thoughts and ideas can really blossom. We just need to persevere as you said. What a great word that is!

Noreen Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 8:21pm

Suzy your blog was inspirational. Its so reassuring that while you are waiting for your goal to materialise you need to feed your soul and you don't risk losing sight of your dream. I also love the quotation about the strength of the stream overpowering the rock. Noreen

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Apr 14th 2014 @ 9:36pm

Beautiful and profound: just lovely.

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