Day 6 of Write31Days:
This is probably one of the most famous quotes about getting through tough times. There is a deep truth in its simplicity. Often, when we are faced with hardships, we can get a little hyperbolic. We envision the end of days in our latest obstacle. However, the truth is that most of the time, the challenges in life aren’t likely to literally kill us. They may be painful, even excruciating, but unless it is a true physical challenge that could be terminal, we’ll most likely survive.
Though we will survive, we will be forever altered by the experience. It is within you to allow the struggle and eventual victory, no matter how ugly it may be, to strengthen you. But be careful not to fall into the trap of self-protectionism after such a struggle. That isn’t true strength, it is a barrier created by the fear of having to fight again. This happens all the time after an awful breakup when you declare you will never let another stomp all over your heart again. Or after a betrayal, when you decide it’s best never to be so open again that you’re vulnerable.
True strength comes from knowing that being vulnerable is the greatest gift to give yourself. As C.S. Lewis said, “To love is to be vulnerable.” To love a person who may break your heart and leave. Or to love a project that could fail spectacularly. Maybe even to love yourself despite your many flaws. These are the things that grow our greatness and shouldn’t be shied away from because the pain they could cause. They should be embraced for the power and strength you will generate.
What does this quote mean for you? What struggles have made you stronger in your life?
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