I ride motorcycles. I have for years. I love it, it allows me to get away and clear my head. I am fairly conservative though. Have you ever noticed how the most experienced riders prefer the difficult roads? Tight turns, steep inclines, narrow bridges and of course; vicious switchbacks, are the spice that gives flavor to an afternoon jaunt. If your purpose is transportation to a destination, you may be inclined to opt for the easy, straight run. Anyone out to really “RIDE” knows what I am talking about. REAL FLAVOR, 5-ALARM CHILI FLAVOR. The same goes for sports, gambling, and a myriad of life’s conditions that when conquered, offer tremendous satisfaction. The greater the obstacle is, the more satisfaction we derive from overcoming it. The more fantastic the challenge, the stronger the lesson is etched in our minds. Growth comes from our triumphs.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles; gains the only strength which can overcome adversity,~ Albert Schweitzer~
So why then do we lament over the day-to-day challenges and whine about our routine set-backs, referring to much of life as wrought with problems? No one ever said life was supposed to be easy. At least I never read that anywhere. Don’t get me wrong here; I’m not claiming we all need to struggle to enjoy life, nor would I wish calamity upon anyone, but you have to admit, some of the strongest people you know are those that have weathered the mightiest storms.
Challenges faced with assuredness and faith, attacked head-on with firm resolve and focus are often the seed of much fruit and produce an endless bounty of reward that resonates exponentially from the core of our being. He who navigates the switchbacks of life with grace and humility, emerges greater than he entered. Embrace the adversity of life with your eyes on growth, gratitude for the challenge and love in your heart and you will know peace in your day that few will understand!
As we recover from a debilitating, destructive storm that has devastated many lives, then a follow-up nor’easter that rubbed salt in our wounds, only to weather a controversial election with emotions high and the future uncertain, keep your eyes fixed on the opportunity to grow emotionally, spiritually, politically and personally. What does not kill us, will make us stronger. The road ahead is ripe with lessons and primed for achievement. Carpe’ diem !
~ Booker T Washington~
THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION