Life is filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, and not a few struggle to find the way out of the maze in which they are in. The Serenity Prayer often comes to mind: we change the things we can and have the wisdom to know the difference between what we can and can't change. This is not always easy to do.
In the Seoul Bulletin a
Ballerina who now teaches, mentioned an incident in her life which has
taught her a great deal and wants her readers to gain strength from her
All of nature continues to teach her a
great many lessons and the providence of God is always present to her.
Some years ago after ten years of dancing for the National Ballet as the
senior ballerina and experiencing great joy suddenly she was diagnosed
with a foot problem that would require no longer wearing her ballet
shoes. This was to her hearing a death sentence. She received this news
from a famous university hospital and with hope in her heart went
looking for places that would give her hope.
about rehabilitation of athletes, and joined a group where she would
be working 12 hours a day with exercise. After ten months her instructor
told her to put on her ballet shoes and the pain had disappeared, and had no problem with dancing. She remembers this moment as being
even happier than when she started dancing.
overcoming the foot problem she returned to the National Ballet and in
her senior position was able to share her joy with the audience. She
later even received the most coveted prize in ballet; she remembers
how close she came to seeing the end of her ballet career. Her patience earned her a great deal
The words of a priest came to mind who
said that it took Noah 120 years to build the ark and Jesus took 30
years to prepare for his public life. We don't need these long periods
of time but patience and wisdom are necessary in our lives. Looking back
on her life, if she gave up ballet, as doctors said was necessary, what would that have done to her? She had enough patience and
wisdom to keep on looking.
Looking back she sees the
unfortunate situation she faced as a
blessing, and appreciates all the joy that it has brought to her life.