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Strange title for a Tuesday post. Most of you know of what I speak though!

I recall as I spent many early days in the company of my awesome spiritual director friend, Paul; how often he spoke of stretching. Those horrendous times when life seemed turned upside down & all I had holding me was a thin ankle strap. They reminded me of that cruel Medieval torture tool called “The Rack“!

But as life flows from stretch to stretch, I’ve learned they are the times of the most personal growth. And we all need them or we aren’t moving in the direction of our SUCCESS - however we’ve defined the meaning of the word for us individually!

I’m not a masochist & I don’t particularly take to the notion of spending time on the “rack“; but I also know that once off that cruel-tool, we have a new perspective & more wisdom than we could ever imagine.

There’s a very realistic & practical reason for seasons of s-t-r-e-t-c-h! We don’t like to come out of the comfort zones where we live. “No thank you maam. . . I’m just fine right where I am!” That seems to be our personal & professional ‘slogan‘. “Leave me alone - I’m quite at home here!”

But comfort zones rarely afford us the SUCCESS we say we seek! They are designed to keep us bound to the familiar; afraid of the unknown & willing to relinquish full participation in who we are and purposed to be & do.

Bruce Wilkinson’s awesome little book, “The Dream Giver” tells it so well in metaphorical terms. We feel the ‘urge’ to move; we even attempt to scratch the ‘itch‘. But often we simply settle back for the mundane & tell ourselves lies that conjole us into thinking we’ve made a wise decision to “stay right where we are“. Of course, there are those who love to keep us in that tight little confining “box” we call “life“! Those who shout “Bravo” when we pull our nose back from the open door.

Do you get the picture of why we need seasons of s-t-r-e-t-c-h? If they didn’t come along occasionally, we’d never go anywhere that was a wee bit ‘different’ than the usual!

As I write this, thoughts of films, other books & even music that glorifies the “stretching season” of life (“Chariots of Fire” & “Shindler’s List“, etc.) flit across my brain. It is a glorious time even though it doesn’t feel like it. It p-u-l-l-s us in the direction of our ultimate SUCCESS. Sometimes it comes as a forward tug. Other times, it feels like push n’ shove!

So if you feel a wee bit s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ed in these days. . . . hang on, don’t resist the season & know that soon life will turn right-side-up! And rejoice with the knowledge you’ve gained born of hanging upside down.

If you aren’t being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ed for your SUCCESS at the moment. Or are not sure you’ve ever been that route.

Jump on the “rack” & get ready to roll toward your SUCCESS in rapid fire order. And hang on for dear life - for life will indeed be ‘dear’ once you’ve learned the secret of the S-t-r-e-t-c-h!

Have an awesome day with nothing in the way of the next mile marker on your road to SUCCESS!

Much love,

Linda, a fellow traveler
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