Do you honor your own strength?

Sometimes, we don’t realize how far we’ve come. Sometimes, we walk through life doing the work without even realizing it.

Other times, we set out to handle our challenges, whether it’s through self-help or professional help. We want to surmount them.

I ran into someone the other day who has been dealt a challenging health card. My heart went out to her, as I imagined myself in that situation and how I’d feel. Imagining is not the same has having. Having friends facing related battles is not the same has having.

But not having doesn’t have to stop us from feeling compassion and empathy.

I was saddened to see that her situation has made her bitter, resentful and angry.

Understandable: who in a situation like that hasn’t asked themselves “why me?”

Even so, living in that “why me” is not a good place to be. It’s dark and can make things worse.

But it takes a lot of effort to pull out of it. To accept that life’s unfairness has targeted you and still go on to live a happy life.

I know people who have done just that. They’ve done the work to build the strength pull out of the hole and go on. They may be limping, and the pace may be slow with detours along the route, but they’re moving forward.

Today I’m honoring those souls who have learned to harness their strength and rise to the challenge. I admire them tremendously. I know how much work it took. I have some idea of how difficult it has been.honor-your-own-strength

I wish we could bottle that perseverance and courage you have so that others can have it, too.

To those who are facing those challenges right now, this thought: no matter how slow it seems, forward is still progress.

There are people in the world praying for you, sending you positive vibes and supporting your fight.

I’m one. But not the only one.

Rest a moment and honor your own courage and strength. Just like we do. We honor you all.

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