The Way Out is Often Through

In my last post I mentioned some things I want to expand a bit on.
I believe that attempts to quickly end suffering (or just go numb for a while because the pain is so bad) often leads to addictions and temporary solutions, both of which only lead to prolonging suffering. I find it interesting that whether talking about pain, fear, grief, shame, or other growth areas, the way out is often through.
And the “knowing” I alluded to in my earlier post, is the knowing much more about myself, the confidence that comes from knowing I have the proven ability to survive such experiences and emerge stronger on the other side, and the knowing as to how much better life is once I’ve made it to the other side of the growth experience. 
I love the imagery and message of a saying I keep close to my heart, that paraphrased goes something like: “We’re here to help walk each other home.”  Thank you for being there for me on my long–yet also ever-so-short–walk home. May you experience the gifts from me that I’ve received from you along the way. 
With Love,

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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13 Responses to The Way Out is Often Through

  1. Val Boyko says:

    Reminds me of a Zen proverb: “The obstacle is the way”

  2. Yes .. good insight Russ… trying to avoid this issues or trials in life, doesn’t work. The only way to get to the other side is through the obstacles in our path.. Diane

  3. Wonderful just saying

  4. I love this image too Russ, that you just shared. Our journey here is a walk home. Love it.

  5. Denise Hisey says:

    Until we are in the midst of going ‘through,’ this saying might not make sense. Once we’ve emerged on the other side we know Mark Twain knew exactly what he was talking about!!

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