When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla. I wonder how the road beyond it goes – what new landscapes – what new beauties – what curves and hills and valleys further on.
Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables has always been one of my favourite characters.
Anne inspires me. She is stoic in the face of adversity. She has courage to rise against any attempt at intimidation. She keeps hope alive down deep. She perseveres despite enormous hardship. She is true to herself, even when people don’t understand her. And even when life around her changes – when there is a bend in the road – she is never shaken.
I have recently had an unexpected (and unwanted) bend in my own road. The sort of “bend” that makes you worry, cry, feel uncertain and really wish it would all go away.
We all have unwanted “bends” in our lives, and none of us knows what is on the other side of them. But can we say I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does? Can the bend hold a fascination for you, like it did for Anne? Can you wonder how the road beyond it goes? What new beauties and landscapes you will discover?
I guess it is all about choosing to live on the positive side of life!
Has your road got a bend in it?