Nowadays many of our lives resemble a battlefield, where we are bombarded by seemingly endless trials on top of trials. While one trial is ongoing, yet another one surfaces, leaving us mentally dizzy and gasping for air. To top it all off, our world seems to be going on a downward spiral; heart-wrenchingly gruesome news have become a frequent occurrence. Horrific world news in conjunction with personal hardships can weigh so heavily on our hearts that it makes us wonder if it will ever get better. Also, when you determine to take the high road and pursue anything good to better your life and that of loved ones, that is when you experience opposition the most. These trials and oppositions may be overwhelming at one point or another. Still, you ought to resolve to keep on keeping on, because you can’t reach your goals if you allow obstacles to halt your progress. Failure is only possible if you choose to give up. Don’t give up on your dreams and don’t give in to the challenges you encounter. Your dreams/goals are too valuable for you to throw in the towel after a few, or even many, unsuccessful attempts. It takes hard work, perseverance, and determination to achieve anything good:
“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.” 2 Timothy 2: 4-6
It certainly isn’t easy to face roadblocks, sometimes from every angle, but hold on. There are much better days ahead. You might think: “Easier said than done”, but you can and will overcome. You could even use the stumbling blocks you are facing as stepping stones to fuel your passion for whatever your aspiration(s) may be. So stand firm in facing any obstacles life throws your way. Many of the great men and women (past or present) who made a mark in life had to endure a series of difficulties, failures and rejections before attaining success. As long as you are here on planet earth, you are bound to experience obstacles, sorrow, hardships, prejudice, and rejection etc. What is vitally important is how you respond to these stimuli. You can either cave in to the tumultuous moments or face them head on by refusing to succumb under such circumstances. When you choose to push through, you will be amazed by the innate level of strength you possess. The following quote sums it quite well: “You are stronger than you seem, braver than you believe, and smarter than you think you are.” So, give yourself a little more credits as to what you can overcome, no matter how dire it may be. Hold on. Soon you’ll begin to notice the silver lining.
Louise Beaubrun=Macaluso, PhD
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