Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.

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Adopt a spirit of elegance and command

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours. Notice I did not say “kill” the dragon. To kill the dragon implies stumbling through our challenges using any available force. This week of vigils presents a chance to consider both how we negotiate the process, as well as the hoped-for results. If we can adopt a spirit of elegance and command, then, regardless of the outcome, we will have strengthened our dignity and honed our skill for understanding challenge as invitation to growth.

by Noela N. Evans
from Meditations For The Passages And Celebrations Of Life: A Book of Vigils (1994)
image – jenny downing

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2 Responses to “Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

  1. starla Says:

    Tame the dragon……
    reminds me of the proverb about a tongue that no man can tame but he have God on his side for strength to hang on to it…

    I like this post..i will ponder it!

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    I don’t usually excerpt out of print books, but this passage was special. 🙂

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