There is a special invitation that whisper to us from the midst of our greatest challenges. It is an invitation to honor our spirit as we keep hope alive for ourselves and others.
The truth of this brilliance was brought before me the other day when a friend wrote a note distilling the lessons learned over the past year as he and his wife battled and beat back cancer.
In sharing what helped them make it through the nights of doubt, pain and uncertainty, they turned to ancient words recorded more than 1,800 years ago…
‘It is my bad luck that this has happened to me.’ No, you should rather say: ‘It is my good luck, that although this has happened to me I can bear it, neither crushed by the present nor fearful of the future.’ Because such a thing could have happened to any man, but not every man could have borne it. So why see more misfortune in the event than good fortune in your ability to bear it?
Can there be anything, then, in this happening which prevents you from being just, high-minded, self-controlled, intelligent, judicious, truthful, honourable and free – or any other of those attributes whose combination is the fulfillment of man’s proper nature? …Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.
Dr. Mollie, founder of the Community Resiliency Project, is the author of Walking with Justice: Uncommon Lessons from One of Life’s Greatest Mentors.
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