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Planting The Seeds of Strength


So many people go through their lives wishing it could all be easier.

Most people think they would like to have fewer challenges and obstacles. But the truth is that without challenges life becomes stagnant and we stop growing.

I don’t know the poet who said this, but it really made an impact on me. ‘To the weak, difficulty is a closed door. To the strong, however, it is a door waiting to be opened.”

I suppose there are many who take the way that they perceive as the “easy way.” They don’t rise to the challenges that present themselves. They don’t try to open the door. Instead some people just cave in or sit down and let the door stay closed, never wondering or knowing what is passing by on the other side.

Growth implies the need for strength.

Think about a seed. A little seed has to overcome the challenges of first breaking through its hard outer shell, then it must push its way through dirt in order to break through to find the sunlight, then that little seed turns into whatever is coded into its DNA. Maybe that one seed produces hundreds of vegetables or fruit. Maybe it is the seed of a pine tree or an oak tree or a mighty redwood tree. You’d never know from looking at a seed that so much could come out of it.

When you think about it, each human being is like a seed. Our individual life challenges help us uncover our real strengths. They help us discover who we truly are. Challenges can help us reveal the best of ourselves. We often become versions of ourselves that are so much better than we thought we ever could be.

Summer is here. It is a time of growth. May you grow in strength and welcome your challenges with open arms and an open heart.

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