When do we become so strong?
For me, it happened little by little - against my will - and yet with my permission.
Eventually, we are all resilient. Eventually, we are all unbroken. Each with our silent story to tell. A story of love and sorrow. Pain and joy.
It is the contrast that makes us stronger.
Every person has a story, yet not all of us get to tell it (or have movies made about our lives). Your life is amazing and rich and you have a story to tell.
What's your story? What has made you stronger? Who has made you stronger? Embrace all of it - the happy and the sad - for all of it has made you stronger.
Feel the joy that results from the lessons learned.
I have decided in my lifetime that sharing the story is not as important as letting the story propel you. The story is the piece that propels you to do your work in this world. Allow the story to catapult you to new heights ~ new dreams ~ new ways of helping others.
Write it out in your journal. Learn from the story. Get the lessons. And then let it go.
Let the story make you stronger.
Authors Note: This was inspired after watching the movie "Unbroken" (book by Laura Hillenbrand). As the book title suggests, it is a "World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption." I recommend seeing it or reading it.
© Kathy Sturgis, Ph.D. Kathy is founder of Refreshment Zone and is an organizational and personal development specialist with a doctorate in communication. Contact email@example.com for more information on motivational programs.