“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 readStay calm and carry on and on and on! Why? Because we arecreatures 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 feelsdaunting 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’regoing through something difficult, the teacher is quiet during the test. Even amidst the silence youare 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 Ibelieve there is more to this world then only what I can see. There is no solid explanation forour 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 thiswe 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.
“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 bedifficult, 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, Wetend to forget that life itself can be one giant test,and one in which thereare no retakes. Not to mention, youwon’t be graded on a curve.My particular test has been an illness(or accident)that with it broughtgradesnot of letters,but of emotions,and in steps of recovery. I no longer had to memorize book knowledge,but instead bring forth mysoul into something tangible that would carry me through the circumstances. A correct answer on atest wasn’t going to achieve the goal of walkingbetter(or at all)for me. Instead of answers I needed to take action and ask even morequestions of myself. Now wasthe time to grit my teeth and employ my resolve to see just how much Ihad learned in the class of life thus far. It came as no surprise that class is not quite over,and the teachercan be a harsh one. She generallyoffers 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 entiretyofthe 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 astate 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 torise to a challenge with the reply “this is exactly what I need,” anddon’t let too many opportunities pass you by.Even when said opportunity is daunting, remember a marathon is completed by taking that first step.