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Journey of Love, page sixteen
Our Purpose
An Excerpt from Lessons in Living

At times along the way we stumble, we stub our toes, we scrape our knees.  We may say or do things that hurt ourselves or others.  A selfish act or careless remark may injure a lover or friend.  And so we pause to examine the wound, apply the salve and journey on.  As we learn the lessons of our journey and carry them forward with us, we become more agile, our feet more sure.  We not only avoid the pitfalls, but the very path also gets easier.  Even when it takes us over steep, rugged terrain, we must recognize that this, too, is a part of life's landscape.  We must remember that such terrain is fleeting, that the scenery will eventually change.  The rocks and ridges along the difficult parts of the path are strengthening us and preparing us for whatever lies ahead.  And so each day of our journey we should affirm for ourselves:  Whatever I find along my path, I will ask God how to use.  As we encounter obstacles, let them inspire our creativity.  If we lose a valued possession, let us recognize that God is clearing a space in our lives for something of greater value or, more important, reminding us to keep material things in their proper perspective so that we don't lose sight of our purpose in life:  to embrace our divinity and learn to love.

Susan L. Taylor

Susan Taylor has done it again! Similar to her monthly column, "In the Spirit," which motivates and stimulates the Essence subscriber, this compilation of writings is another honest expression of her life's journey and the "lessons" that she has learned. Taylor offers intimate expressions on self-worth, empowerment, faith, and commitment for the benefit of others. Her ability to describe "loving ourselves" in a moving and thought-provoking way is the style that has endeared her to Essence subscribers over the years. Readers never feel as if she is lecturing on or dictating the only way to deal with life's challenges but rather are inspired to face life's challenges by listening to their own inner voices.


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You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon.  The
more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy,
the more you are indignant about--the more you have left when anything happens.

Ethel Barrymore


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