“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
– Maya Angelou
Some people aren’t aware of their strength to overcome the feeling of defeat until they’ve experienced tough challenges. It can be daunting the first go around, but it’s important to recognize these moments as character building opportunities. Once the dust settles and you look at what you’ve done to press on, you begin to learn a lot about yourself, making your next challenge seem less critical.
I’ve been down that road many times and at the start of each I immediately question if I can handle yet another trial. Then I pause, pray, and put my faith in God, through whom all things are possible. That’s not to say I don’t have to put in work, but I do so with the comfort of knowing in the end I will have learned something else about myself, and I’ll have yet another story to tell.
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