Sometimes it’s just you against adversity. The torrent bears down and you face it with only providence at your side.
I have a long history with self-reliance. Emerson’s essay formed my early thinking. His pithy reflections went with me to college and shaped my habits. They were the bedrock of my scholarly endeavors. I was a mission unto myself, successful on my own terms.
Then I learned about providence, and I never looked at my actions the same. The idea that a spiritual guardianship and care enveloped my actions changed my relationship to everything I did.
I was no longer alone. A type of unity and shared purpose filled my actions. I still give 110% effort, but with greater peace. A sense of urgency fills me now as I endeavor to attain a newfound accountability. It is not a burden nor escape. It’s a mutual understanding akin to friendship, a type of wanting the same thing.
Why did it take so long?
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