Every one of us faces some kind of challenge or obstacle in our lives. At times this past year, I think my wife and I felt like screaming, “Can we catch a break?!” Looking back at it, however, it was a wonderful year and we feel so fortunate and blessed.
Dwelling on the negative would have been an easy thing to do. My wife broke her foot on a freak accident on my daughters 5th birthday. Our kitchen island in our new home had a plumbing issue and we had to demolish and re-built it. The list continues, but the fact of the matter is that everything was resolved.
My wife’s foot healed. Our kitchen was renovated. What happened to us in the big scheme of things was nothing. It truly was no big deal at all. I know it is easier to say now than it was at the time. At certain times things seemed insurmountable.
My brother, who I consider my best friend, has always said to me “Look back at it a year from now and you will be amazed how much you have overcome”. My brother has always looked at any situation as a glass as half- full, not half- empty. He has taught me that something good will always come out of a bad situation.
When you think about it, we (humans) all try to control everything. We cannot control everything. Things are going to happen if we try to prevent them from happening or not.
Every day there is some sort of disaster. Someone dies, someone is diagnosed with cancer, someone gets divorced, and someone loses his or her job. On the flip side of that coin, every day there is a miracle. Someone is born, someone is cured of a disease, someone finds the dream job they have been searching for and someone gets married.
What is the key to success? The key is to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. If there is one thing for certain in this life it is that you will have hardships. You have to be resilient in this world.
A good friend of mine once told me the best day of his life is “every day he wakes up”. How true that statement is. Every day we are given a new opportunity. In 2014, when things get tough, just look at it as an opportunity to better yourself and learn from the hardship.
I’m looking forward to hearing your story in 2015 from 2014. I promise, you will overcome also. Power forward in the times of trial. I promise, you will be a better person for it.