I don’t know too many people who don’t joke at some point in time during their lives that they wish they could just move to an island and be done with the stresses and pressures of life. We all face challenges and those challenges are not usually fun. We don’t like pain, discomfort, suffering or failure, which is totally understandable. But when you look at the number of people who attribute a challenge from their past to their current success or happiness it’s hard to believe that challenges are all as bad as we make them out to be.
It’s the couples who have lost a child that are more appreciative when they are able to have children. It’s the people who spent years at a terrible job who are more appreciative of running their own business or working for a great boss. It’s the people who grew up surrounded by gangs who are more appreciative of living in a place where gunfire is not the typical night sounds. It’s people who have lived through and survived abuse who are able to appreciate the gift of life.
No, everyone isn’t always able to overcome their challenges, plenty of people are stuck and miserable in the challenge and refuse to conquer it or turn it into a victory. It’s their loss for not choosing to be an overcomer, but that doesn’t have to be you. I challenge you to choose the victories, to choose to be a bigger person, to choose to see hope in the future, and to choose to be strong and accept that part of life is tears, sadness and challenge. Don’t give up this weekend, look for the opportunities to cross the finish line of this challenge, and if you’re not there yet, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for some support. You’re part of a team that doesn’t leave people behind.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger