I came across this piece of wisdom and it got me started thinking. Life may be beautiful but life is hard. Life is filled with challenges and meeting them is not always easy, no, it is rarely easy. For me, attitude is what makes or breaks me when I am given a challenge.
A challenge can be big or small. Right now, my challenge is that the size of my font is not working properly and I can’t seem to get all the words the same size. This is a little challenge and while it is frustrating, it is not important. I am sure it came along, at this point, to prove something but I am not sure what. Perhaps, it is that we meet challenges throughout our day, every day.
I have lived many years, thankfully, and in that time, all kinds of challenges have come my way. The ones, I remember are the big ones. The little ones disappear almost as quickly as they come along. Even though my font size may be failing, it does not change my life. Bigger challenges can and do change the direction of the path, we choose to take.
How we deal with a challenge determines how much effect it has on us. I talk to myself, all the time, when I have one of these biggies. I tell myself, I can do it. I can pull through. If I say it enough, I start to believe it. It does not just happen.
When I was younger, I was a quitter. If something hard came along, I would run. One can’t go through life like this. We miss out on too much. Not only that, there are challenges, there is no running away from. Illness, death, layoffs, pain, financial problems, all have to be dealt with.
I lost a dear friend because she didn’t deal with it. At the age of 39, she had a lump on her breast and she was afraid to go to the doctor. When she finally did, it was too late and the disease had spread throughout her body. She died at that young age. If I tell you, this was a sharp woman, one who loved life and lived a Godly life, you must be surprised. How did she make such a choice? I don’t have the answers. She seemed so brave to me. She was one of those people who inspired me and this seems out of character but there is a part of me that believes, she was so busy helping everyone else, perhaps she just didn’t allow herself the time to take care of herself. I don’t know but I do know, I have to learn from her.
Side bar: I just fixed the font size. I won this challenge. May God give me the strength to win others that come my way.
I believe that what happens in life has a purpose. We may not see the purpose or ever discover it, but it exists. We all know instances where the purpose is revealed after the incident and we know our attitude turns around.
Take the businessman, on his way, to close a multi-million dollar deal that is going to turn him into a wealthy human being. It is a bright sunny day and off he goes to the airport to fly to New York to sign the papers. He has until 1:00 PM or he loses the deal. As he gets to the airport, he sees his plane pulling away. He begins to curse and blames the airline. He is in the middle of the airport, screaming at everyone, making all feel uncomfortable.
A few minutes later, it is announced that the plane he missed, went down, and there were no survivors. Now, he is happy and thankful that he missed that plane. What a shame, he could not sit back and accept what life had given him, in the first place. No, it is not easy but nothing was accomplished by his being unpleasant.
This is a subject, I could write about for hours but I am not going to. Let us pray that we all have the strength to meet our challenges and come out the victor. If you have words of wisdom, please share them, with us.