Monday, June 23, 2014
Difficulties make you grow
I really like this quote by Mary Anne Radmacher and it inspired this poster. I took this photo yesterday on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. I thought the evening light made these stalks of grass look so lovely and delicate, like a Japanese brush painting.
Everyone has problems and challenges in their lives. How they face them determines whether they just crawl under a rock and give up, or persevere and overcome.
In the past I've often given up after a failure, thinking that it was too hard and why bother continuing to try? I don't take failure very well and have often taken it personally. Instead I should view failure as a chance to grow, a chance to try again and a chance to do even better this time. I'm getting better with age.
It does hurt to fail, but it shouldn't be an excuse to quit. Instead we need to reassure ourselve that we're still good people, still valuable and worthy of love and respect. Then when we're ready, we should try again.
Life's challenges, problems and failures don't have to reduce us to feeling like a victim who is convinced the world is out to get them. Instead, we should view each obstacle as a chance to grow stronger, braver and more creative.
As the motto of the Royal Air Force states, "Per ardua ad astra" (Through adversity to the stars)
I see those stars up there sparkling and twinkling just out of my grasp. I'm going to push forward through the adversity to reach those stars today. Who wants to join me?