Wow, I haven’t been here for a while. Not even a 30-Day-Challenge could keep me honest. You wait though, because I am going to blog 30 in a row. I really am! Anyway, I just got back from a few days in Laguna Beach. It was an incredible time I have to say. I didn’t realize, until I was there, just how badly I needed a beach fix. I did gain some insights while I was there and I will share them with you in the next couple of blogs.
The first one hit me as I was walking alone on the beach. As I looked back and saw the long trail of footprints I left behind, it called to mind that poem. You know the one, “Footprints.” It’s where “The Lord” tells the poet that when there was only one set of footprints in the sand, He (god) was carrying them through their most challenging times. As I considered my own lone footprints, I thought, “That is such bullshit.” I also thought about how I would revise that “poem” if I could. I decided that the only thing that needed revising was the last few lines. Here is the poem with its revisions:
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints; other times there were one set of footprints. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints. So I said to the Lord, ”You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, ‘The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, that is when you realized I was never there; I was a figment of your imagination and it was you and only you who stood strong and persevered on your own. It was your resilience and strength that carried you through. You thought you needed someone bigger and more powerful outside of yourself, but you didn’t. There was only you.”
Many find comfort in the old version of that poem. I do not. It is much more comforting and also empowering to know that we are all we need. We are enough.