Challenges,  This Sense-ational Life

All is Well


One day several years ago as I was sitting in one of those over-stuffed chairs that used to be scattered through out the local Barnes & Noble, I began a light conversation with a man…a stranger.  I don’t remember much of what we talked about, but I do remember how he ended the conversation. He simply said, “All is well.”  And walked away.

All is well.

It echoed in the space where he had been sitting, lingered there for a long while until it found its way into my journal.

All is well.

I carried the words around for me for quite awhile, pondering them.  What if….All is Well?


I have needed All is Well lately.  A series of mishaps has left me feeling off balanced the last month.  Scattered around me is the evidence that All is Well, but in my core, in my gut, All does not feel Well. All feels, well, off!

I could list the mishaps and give you plenty of good stories to elaborate on what has me feeling this way, but I really don’t want to do that. Not because I don’t want to share, but more because I want All to be Well. I want balance and peace.  Some of my mishaps have not been settled yet though.  There are some very personal happenings that are in limbo, that will only find resolution in time and which I can do absolutely nothing to truly help.  I both love and hate this predicament. I hate it for its discomfort and love it because it is one of the characteristics that makes life what it is.

This ambiguity is life.  This turning of my stomach in the middle of the night is life. This preoccupation with the past to make sense of the present in spite of a possible future is life. I feel it because I care about for others and for myself. I feel it because what was once lost is now found….again.  I feel it because I am alive.

Even in the pain…..All is Well.

Even in the not knowing…..All is Well.

Even when there is no end in sight….All is Well.

All is Well. All is Well.



All is Well.


Thank you to Rosemary of Reflections of My World for inspiring this response as part of This Sensa-ational Life.  Please have a peek at Rosemary’s post and discover what a Sense of Well Being is for you.  The linky is open through the end of this week.  



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I am Rachél Payne, the quirky, dedicated heart behind Creativity Tribe. I am an artist, writer, and creative life advocate.


    • Rachél

      It is a nice way to begin the day. Might be a good one to add to the phrases I say during morning meditation. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Stacie (The Happy Hermit)

    I LOVE the phrase, All Is Well! I say it often…even when things may not seem that way. It’s a good mantra. Something else I often tell myself is, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” It helps keep my spirits up in the midst of the discomfort and uncertainty that is life. I understand your pain. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come. <3

  • suzicate

    There’s a lovely old hymn “All is well with my soul”…that might not be the name but it is the refrain and I always felt such comfort in hearing it sung.

  • Mimi Ortiz

    Thank you, yet again, Rosemary and Rachel, for wisdom and inspiration. That uncertainty of the future, both a gift and a curse we make into a gift…thank you, for reminding us how.