Don’t Pray for Ease, Pray for Strength (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 90)
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
— Bruce Lee
If life were easy, we would all be living it. But many people don’t really live their lives because they don’t know what it is like to endure difficulty. Hardship of some kind is necessary in order for us to see how strong we are and to appreciate success when it comes our way. To be successful at something does not always imply ease or wealth. It could simply mean being better than everyone else at one thing.
Someone once said that “life is 10% of what you make it and 90% of how you take it.” Hard work and perseverance will get you through more hard moments in life than giving up and whining ever will. Unforgiving dedication to the task at hand no matter what obstacles or roadblocks you face is the price you can afford to pay for success. When you put determination in the game of life, it will result in satisfaction.
Struggles teach us how to row our boats in the middle of the storm. The fight toughens us to face our time “in the arena”. The hurdles in front of us are open invitations for us to join the race of life. Obstacles don’t complicate the journey, it makes it more interesting. An uneasy life forces us to think, ask questions, innovate, learn, and find our way out of the dark tunnels. There is always a way out of problems; we just have to find the key and unlock the door.
Learning to cope efficiently is not just a skill for some; it is a skill for all. With the ability to manage during hard times, you learn of options that are available to you. And if no options are available, you create your own. You’ll learn to seek out opportunities. Good managing skills will help you develop plans and strategies that help you survive at first, and then thrive.
Ease in life is not a right or a privilege. You may consider yourself blessed if you are, but not necessarily fulfilled. To have faith and strength in the face of difficulty will increase confidence, heighten awareness of your potential, and create a positive sense of security, stability, and sanity. Without it, the inevitability of trouble will overwhelm you, leave you lost, and drain your mental and physical energy. Keep your head. Handle your business.
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
— Ella Wheeler Wilcox