Do you ever seem as though you can get so easily caught in a vortex of despair? (Currently, I am fine…but lately there are many around me suffering and each challenge seems to bring forth a new and fresh hell for someone else). There is so much suffering around ALL of us. Each of us with our own drama and issues to deal with and then to meld together as we swim our way through. Thus is life. Fluid and changing.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
One of my favorite lyrics (and all-time sayings) in Kelly Clarkson’s song…..”What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is so true; it’s not the trials we face….because we ALL have crosses to bear throughout our lives…it is how we deal with those trials and when we rise above…we are stronger.
Last night I read my friend Lea’s blog and she put up this great poem and even better pictures to remind me that we are not only made stronger by life’s trials but more beautiful. Looking at the pictures of these beautiful ladies and friends and looking back on the years….it’s true.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat,
and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation,
and an understanding of life
that fills them with compassion,
and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004); psychiatrist, author