January 4

“Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.” – Seneca

While this might not ring true for everyone it will ring true for everyone who chooses to see their hardships as opportunities for growth.

We are all going to be blessed with burdens to bear at some point in this life. Some of us will be asked to carry burdens our entire lives and other burdens will be transient but their effects will stay with us.

Many – likely all – of us are right now experiencing our own hardships. Most if not all of us have days where we wish we could be done with our trial and move on. It can be extremely difficult to step back and look at the big picture, how this difficulty is making us stronger. How we are learning valuable lessons. How we are gaining valuable experience that we are very likely going to be able to use to help others.

As we deal with our problems and struggles, I hope all of us can maintain the perspective that the struggles are what help define who we are, what we have to offer, and where we want to be. May our struggles keep us focused and on the path.

virtus fortis vocat

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