Crossing Bridges

by Anna Blanch on May 26, 2011

swilken bridge st andrews

When I stop for a moment and take a deep breath and realise that my life is full and it is wonderful. I am extremely fortunate to be able to be reading and researching every day. To be taking moments to go off on tangents and to be thinking deeply and carefully about how best to communicate all that I exploring and discovering. To live in the Cottage-by-the-sea. It is a a place of creativity and rest; of hospitality and contemplation.

It doesn’t mean it isn’t hard, or overwhelming. Actually, it is both of those things in spades. But the best thing for me of late has been to put life and all its deadlines and struggles and obstacles and commitments in perspective. To take time to be with my church community, to connect with friends and family, to take long walks on the beach. To take moments to reflect, be thankful.

I have moments when I wonder if I can make it through the PhD. I have moments where I feel like it will take all that I have. And then I remember: my life is not about my PhD. It is about being faithful to where I am right now. The PhD requires persistence, perseverance, even a tiny bit of brilliance – but it’s really about the grind. It’s about showing up every day. No matter what.

It is a bridge to be crossed.

As another great lady – Hannah More (and the subject of my Master’s thesis way back when!) – once said: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

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