A blog post from Rada:
We have been in our new flat for five weeks now! It’s a big place, full of light and warmth, set back from the main street in a quiet pedestrian area, full of playground segments, paths and trees.
It’s particularly beautiful in the evening as the neighbours decorated their bushes and trees with Christmas lights. We are really close to beautiful parks and the Isar River, less than a mile from a zoo and ten minutes away from the city centre on the Underground.
Yet, the last five weeks have been full of challenges, from broken beds to a washing machine flood, to walls that can’t be drilled, to language difficulties, to troubles with health insurance and kindergarten spaces…to mention just a few.
As humans we would always opt for an easy life, void of challenges and difficulties, but I believe that would leave us quite empty and shallow. It comes as no surprise that life is a synergy of hard and beautiful. If it was just beautiful, we would not appreciate it. If it was just hard, we would give up. If you are older than 16, you would know what growing pains are, a necessary ingredient in order for our bodies to achieve full maturity and make us ‘fully grown’ (apologies to anyone under 5ft 5in!)
So it is with the pains of everyday life, obstacles, disappointments, relationship difficulties; without them we cannot grow properly and be who we are – special, beautiful altogether with our scars, limps and bandages. But these difficulties can also teach us about what we think about and cherish the most – ourselves! When you squeeze a tooth paste, the only thing that can come out is what is already inside. At the moment I am learning, probably more than ever, about what my values are, where they are coming from, where my security lies, who do I trust in, etc. Some of the things I’m finding out and realising about myself are great, others range from slightly disappointing to plain ugly! There should be a huge ‘Work In Progress’ sign on my head and on yours probably as well!
You know that feeling when you read something that you wholeheartedly agree with, but the person who wrote it is much more eloquent and smarter than you, so you just point and say ‘that!’. So I will leave you with one such sentence that I don’t only agree with, but am so desperately trying to make it truth in my life and wish the same for you….because life is hard but it’s also beautiful!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
Loved this! Very inspiring and thought provoking. Loved the metaphors too :).
Thanks Adam, that is very kind! Love Rada
Beautifully written – I feel like I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions just reading through it!
Thanks Rada, it’s very encouraging. I love those verses. They give so much hope to my heart. X
Exceptionally well written! Love your refreshing honesty and the metaphors have been thought-provoking. I can very much relate to the toothpaste analogy and character building. Much love, bless um God X