So often the trivialities of life consume us.
Societal demands cause us to live stressful lives filled with anxiety as we struggle for relevance and acceptance in this material based world. We assign value to the unimportant, while shunning those whose presence we come to discover we could never live without.
But there are some people who’ve developed an understanding of what is truly valuable in life. People with incredible strength to overcome hardships that might otherwise cripple the average human being.
Fred Rogers always carried around an inspiring quote by Mary Lou Kownacki which read simply, “There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.”
This blog has enabled me to hear some incredible stories from people all over the globe. And each one has profoundly influenced my life at a point in time when I truly needed to hear it.
Stories from those possessing remarkable strength, which continue to inspire me as I hold them near to my heart. But I’m not talking about physical strength as some might suspect. As Gandhi once said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
They remind me to be humble and grateful for where my life is right now – to recognize the benefits and push aside the uncertainties. They teach me that sorrow is but one part of life, and overcoming it is another.
And whenever I find myself in need of a little reminder, I’m privy to one of those amazing stories, which inspires me to remember that life is about so much more than what we simply see with our eyes.
Life is not easy. So many people face daily challenges and struggles that can overwhelm one’s existence. But know that your stories do not go unnoticed. They touch the hearts of everyone who hears them – securing a permanent place in their hearts.
I consider myself quite fortunate that I’m one of them.