Repetition is Not Failure

A devotional book is invariably beside my bed.  Most nights I read a bit to clear my mind of the bedlam of the day.  I’ve found that this small dose of inspiration helps me to get a better night’s rest.  Currently on my nightstand is The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have (Gift Edition) by Mark Nepo.  I have to say, Oprah can certainly pick books!

book of awakening

There are a couple of blog challenges coming up in October.  Great time to concentrate of at least one of my struggles — stress.  Then I thought why?  I struggle with the same things over and over, and  never seem to learn.  October is a busy month, but isn’t every month.  As I was beating myself up, I remembered a passage I read a couple of days ago in The Book of Awakening.  It gives me comfort and hope.  Maybe if you’re in need, it will also touch you.

“There is no expected pace for inner learning.  What we need to learn comes when we need it, no matter how old or young, no matter how many times we have to start over, no matter how many times we have to learn the same lesson.  We fall down as many times as we need to, to learn how to fall and get up.  We fall in love as many times as we need to, to learn how to hold and be held.  We misunderstand the many voices of truth as many times as we need to, to truly hear the choir of diversity that surrounds us.  We suffer our pain as often as is necessary for us to learn how to break and how to heal.  No one really likes this, of course, but we deal with our dislike in the same way, again and again, until we learn what we need to know about the humility of acceptance.”

So, I’m in for two blog challenges in October, BlogtoberFest 2013 and  31 Days.

All of my posts for the 31 days challenge will be listed here (updated each day):

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1. You’re here!

2. You are getting very sleepy

3. Stress Reduction CD

4. Massage


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7.  Mind on my Brain








  1. As I just came off a challenge myself, 30 paintings in 30 days, all I can say is ” you go girl”! Good Luck and we’ll be here on the sidelines cheering you on!

  2. Great post Connie! – “We fall down as many times as we need to, to learn how to fall and get up.” really speaks to me. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. I like your topic! 🙂

  4. Hi there! Someone gifted me with this book in January 2013. What a gift (that keeps on giving every day)! It is uncanny how precisely perfect each days’ message is. I will be re-reading it in 2014!

  5. I’ve got the same book beside my bed : ) I look forward to reading your October posts. Good luck!

  6. Love your icon! It says it all!

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