Strength Comes From Going Through Fires

I want to say a word to those of you that are going through tough times.  Many of my clients are facing personal and business challenges that are stretching them (to put it mildly).

I believe that a big reason that we work is to refine our characters and work towards becoming the people that we were intended to be.

Sitting on my nightstand is a cup that I made in 1977 in industrial arts class (!)  Not a hit with my wife (it’s orange).  But it’s a reminder to me that like pottery, sometimes we get put into the fire.  It feels like pointless torture, but there’s a purpose to it.  If the cup doesn’t go through the fire, it’s weak and can’t be used for anything.  If it comes out too soon it won’t last long because it hasn’t hardened enough.

There is a purpose to our struggles.  Through them, we are refining our characters and becoming the people that we were originally intended to be.  If you’re in the fire, don’t give up.  Learning that lesson may be the point of the whole exercise.

“Strength does not come from winning.  Your struggles develop your strengths when you go through hardships and decide not to surrender.  That is strength.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

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