“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”- Abraham Lincoln.
In the ever present stay calm and carry on posters they forget two words, and on. Therefore, they should read Stay calm and carry on and on and on! Why? Because we are creatures of great resolve when we’re pressed against the grind stone. Everyone struggles at some point, and no matter what it it is every struggle feels daunting and like it is specifically yours. However, there are many people struggling with the same thing, it is your reaction to that struggle that makes it individual. Not to mention, our struggles have a funny way of making us strong where we once were weak. At times when your looking for answers in the midst of trouble you are met with silence. Yet we mustn’t forget that when you’re going through something difficult, the teacher is quiet during the test. Even amidst the silence you are not alone. It is within these hardships that our determination and perseverance really shine. I have been asked how I am able to continue and remain so optimistic in a situation many would find bleak. The fact is, I remain optimistic because I believe there is more to this world then only what I can see. There is no solid explanation for our existence, just as there is no solid explanation as to how I survived death. One can only assume that there must be a teacher out there helping me(and you) along the way. It is because of this we keep on going and do not faint or crumble at the first signs of trouble. Rather, we buckle down to withstand the storm and reach our goals that lie just on the other side of them.
reach for the other side,
“Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.” –Charles Spurgeon
Growing up can be difficult, but being an adult is even harder. We are continually tested, with exams in school,our patience,in our ambition,by children, and even in our relationships. Not only do these things test us,but even time tests us! Within life there are multiple tests nearly everyday. However, We tend to forget that life itself can be one giant test,and one in which there are no retakes. Not to mention, you won’t be graded on a curve. My particular test has been an illness(or accident)that with it brought grades not of letters,but of emotions,and in steps of recovery. I no longer had to memorize book knowledge,but instead bring forth my soul into something tangible that would carry me through the circumstances. A correct answer on a test wasn’t going to achieve the goal of walking better(or at all)for me. Instead of answers I needed to take action and ask even more questions of myself. Now was the time to grit my teeth and employ my resolve to see just how much I had learned in the class of life thus far. It came as no surprise that class is not quite over,and the teacher can be a harsh one. She generally offers no retakes when you fail,but when you catch Her on a good day you’ll receive quite a few, so try not to screw it up too badly(ha-ha). However, the entirety of the class cannot be retaken. Therefore, it’s best to show up everyday,be present,be mindful,and certainly be kind to your classmates. As it turns out when you employ these tactics in a state of positivity, it becomes increasingly easier to ace anything. Also, don’t fear graduation day too much(see here). Since We only get to take this class once, I think it’d be a grand idea to rise to a challenge with the reply “this is exactly what I need,” and don’t let too many opportunities pass you by. Even when said opportunity is daunting, remember a marathon is completed by taking that first step.
5K? no problem,
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