I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
In some of the hardest times, its easy to look over at friends, colleagues, family and envy their easy lives. To look over from our place of struggle and comment on the seemingly peaceful existence of others. To dismiss their happiness, by casual assumption that they have no reason to be unhappy.
However, to yearn for a life without scars, is to yearn for a life without much life. For we learn our biggest lessons and earn our biggest victories when we emerge from the battles that life throws our way. We discover more about ourselves and those around us when we have the hardest challenges to overcome. And we all know, those lessons are invaluable. Julius Caesar once said “Experience is the teacher of all things”. The turning point is when we decide, consciously decide, that we are going to go through the problems that face us, we are going to stop avoiding them and learn those lessons that our circumstances are trying to teach us.
You may be going through a lot right now, you may find insurmountable hurdles ahead, you may feel desperate in despair. You may not know the answer to your problems and you may not know the smartest way to deal with them but if you must know one thing, it is that they are there for a reason. To make you stronger, better, kinder, wiser…..to make you more than you are today. So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit – It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!
Find a hook, something along the way that will keep you afloat. For me it is faith, for you it may be friends, family, hobbies, anything else. Rest assured, that like everything else in life, this is a chapter and soon the pages will turn.
“Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?” Fulton J. Sheen