Notable Quotable – Lessons

“When your wings have suddenly and unexpectedly been clipped, maybe, just maybe, there’s more to learn by staying where you are.”  ~Mike Dooley


You’ve been there. Something you’ve been planning suddenly gets shot down. The rug gets pulled out from under you. And you’re left shattered.

But should you be? Think about it: there are no accidents. Life has a way of working out exactly as it’s supposed to. Instead of feeling defeated, rejoice because something obviously is about to happen for your highest good.

Think back throughout your life to those times when something like this has happened to you. Don’t you find that, in the end, it was all worth it and you are better for it? Wasn’t there something very positive that came out of the situation?

Always be ready to learn…because the lessons are going to come, whether we want them to or not!

Did your wings ever get clipped? How did you feel then…and how do you feel about it now?


10 thoughts on “Notable Quotable – Lessons

  1. Yes my wings have been clipped many times, and I did not always understand why so if be angry and resentful. But then my wings grew back even stronger than before until they were clipped again. Each time, I grew wings that were stronger, surer, and allowed me to fly higher. I didn’t and don’t always understand why and sometimes the lessons are clear but some things I’ve resolved myself to faith in trusting and knowing that God and the Angels and the Universe know better than I. Great, great post!

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    • Thanks Renata! The scars we have from all those times our wings were clipped show how much we’ve grown. May we rejoice in our scars! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Sure I’ve had that experience and I’ve just learned to adapt, sometimes somewhat begrudgingly, but I just did what I had to do. In a sense I guess I’m in a clipped wings situation now, but I realize that some sacrifice is involved in making each phase of our lives work.

    In recent years I’ve been contemplating the way old age might eventually “clip my wings” due to physical setbacks or even mental decline. I’m trying to savor as much of life as I can because I know the days are rushing by and my ability to have the freedom I have now will likely one day be gone. I’m not going to dwell on this with fear or bitterness, but accept the reality of the cycle of life and try to keep on smiling with a good laugh to lift me up as much as possible.

    Freedom is a state of mind and much of our flying happens internally anyway.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  3. This happens more than being “free” which is a state of mind. Even if I was not free per se, no one can take away what i am thinking, only disease can and that is something we hope we never have to deal with. I have found, especially in the past few years that there was a reason and I am thankful for being able to see this, think positively about this and learn from this. When we fail to learn from this and become stunted by the mishaps, negativity takes over which is never good for the heart, head or soul.

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    • You’re right: it’s always beneficial to look at everything in a positive light. Doing so makes it all the more important, especially in those times when our wings get clipped. Thanks for stopping by!


    • I think most of us have to work on that Paula. Sometimes it’s just easier to see things negatively. The work comes in when we view things in a positive light. Thanks for stopping by!


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