“My scars tell a story. They are reminders of when life tried to break me but failed!”
I don’t know about you but I can tell you I am definitely glad that it is Friday…this week has been a long one or one reason or another.
Do you ever have one of those weeks where it seems like just after you overcome one challenge or problem there is another one waiting in the sidelines ready to knock you down? This week I have been knocked down so many times, but the most important thing about what I’m telling you is that I am still standing. No matter what happened this week, I am still here, still blessed, still happy…maybe a little frazzled but definitely happy!
There are so many influences in the World that talk about how they can make you happy…and for a brief time it can certainly be true that we can find happiness in THINGS, PLACES or MONEY. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it isn’t true because many of these things can bring you short-term happiness!If we want sustained, enduring happiness, we will only find it by allowing ourselves to feel the following things:
- Gratitude for what we have and most importantly who we are!
- An appreciation for people and not for what they can do for us.
- Pain – it sounds harsh but you can’t know true happiness if you have never felt pain in your life. It doesn’t mean it has to be the debilitating kind, but there has to be some kind of polarity in order to appreciate the good in things. That is another reason why challenges can be a positive thing!
I have certainly had to put some of these things to the test this week, and even though I feel a little raw and have felt defeated at times, I am still here, and I will absolutely not quit. Failure is not characterized by falling down or making mistakes, it is the not getting back up again or not trying again that determines failure!
I believe that as we go through this life we all have things that work for us when we are looking for solutions to overcoming problems, and it is our responsibility to share those skills with as many as possible – because there is nothing stronger than a person who lends their strength to those around them when they are weak…
Have a happy weekend…and don’t forget – keep moving forward!