“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” (Oprah Winfrey)
Everyone struggles. Everyone has a story. And the stories can be incredibly overwhelming and difficult.
Infertility, job loss, abuse, sickness, betrayal, death, pornography, crime…or a combination of one or more or ALL these together and more!
So I have to tell you I BELIEVE IN BEING HAPPY. I always have! (And despite my personal struggles with things I’ve had to overcome, I still do.) Either my parents did a REALLY good job teaching me that I was meant to be happy, or I was born that way, because even as a teenager I tried to live by these inspiring words from Martha Washington:
“I believe in being happy in whatever situation I may be. For I know that our happiness or misery, in large part, depends upon our attitude and not our circumstances.”
I’m older now. I’ve lived a long time and I’ve lived THROUGH a lot. But my philosophy is still optimistic and hopeful, and it’s very simlar to Audrey Hepburn’s:
“I believe in wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be join wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”
I personally believe there is a miracle for every person. Actually, I believe, no, I KNOW, there are many tender mercies and miracles for each one of us. And perhaps the greatest miracle of all: I believe no matter what has happened, it IS possible to rise from the ashes of devastation and rebuild.
It IS possible to overcome anything and everything.
It IS possible to be happy again.
It isn’t what happens to you, IT’S WHAT YOU DO WITH IT, that matters.
Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on you.
Opportunities for growth and happiness lie in the most unexpected places. I call mine “The Unexpected Life.”
(Tune in tomorrow–and in coming days–for more of the speech!)