September 27, 2009

Developing Muscles Through Inner Struggle

Sorting through the struggles within is a singular responsibility. No one else can do it for me. They wouldn't even be able to truly understand because it is inside me. They can't stand me in front of an x-ray scanner to read my thoughts and feelings and emotions because these exist in the abstract.

This past year has been an amazing adventure. I have learned so much about myself, accepted some things and can now practice new skills to change some things. Hardship is a good education. The struggle doesn't take as much effort. I think I have developed some emotional muscles!

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world."
- Helen Keller


Shadow said...

honey? this is the honest truth! perfectly said you!

otin said...

I too, have some good emotional muscles!!

Brian Miller said...

the pic itself says a lot. this last year has been quite a bit as much of my life has been stripped away...the muscles are well earned. great post, too true.

Ronda Laveen said...

I like the thought of emotional muscles. Sounds like you've built a six pack.

Margie said...

That is one of my favorite quotes from Helen Keller.

Great post!
Emotional muscles, I like that a lot and have developed them too.


Kulio said...

The idea of being stronger through pain...maybe that is an idea that can keep us full of hope in the midst of the yuck.

Big Dave T said...

You have to become emotionally resilient as time goes on. Life isn't for pansies, especially when you're advancing in age.