This month we’ve talked about love. It’s a topic I’m passionate about because I’ve seen the amazing things love can do. I’ve been blessed with a loving family and a loving partner, people who support me through the good and bad, people I can trust and people who trust me. There are people around the world who aren’t loving or trusting, we’ve seen lots of evidence of that from the fights and atrocities around the world in the news every day of late. You can find examples of the lack of love closer to home too with the random murders, hate crimes and prejudices that people have and allow to let rule them.
But we’ve also seen example after example of how determined to survive and thrive people are; people who are found after years in captivity, people who survive unbelievable weather conditions, people who overcome the physical or mental limits they have. It’s these people who remind us why life is worth living despite the significant evidence to the contrary.
It’s been said before that the true evidence of who you are is only visible after you’ve gone through life’s most stressful and challenging tests. It’s who you are after cancer has ravaged your body, who you are after your partner is killed by a drunk driver, who you are after you experience several miscarriages, it’s who you are after being without a job for years, or who you are after the tsunami destroys your world. What have life’s tests and challenges revealed about you?
I hope that they’ve shown that you’re a survivor, that you’re strong and capable, that you’re powerful beyond anything you ever believed and that you can make a difference despite or in spite of all things you face. If you haven’t made it quite through yet, you’ve got a chance to become the person you always wanted to be, or better.
“They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know that we were seeds.” Mexican Proverb