Life has a way of coming at us fast, and knocking us on our backsides if we aren’t ready for it. And sometimes even when we are.
When adversity strikes, somehow we’ve got to find a way to pick up the pieces and carry on. Maybe it’s back to the lives we knew before. Often it’s something totally different.
Take it from me. I know firsthand.
In 2013 I spent several months in the hospital with a major illness that nearly killed me. It reduced me to pile of bones, held together by what looked like piano wires.
When I got out, I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t even roll over in bed. Walking was totally out of the question.
It was like I was a baby and had to learn everything all over again. Excruciating pain tried to stop me as joints and ligaments that hadn’t been used for months screamed in revolt.
But as I’ve said many times, you can’t let the pain stop you.
So step by step I built myself back up, a process that took close to two years and continues to this day, requiring ongoing effort just to maintain my health and balance (physical, mental and emotional).
I couldn’t have done it alone. And didn’t. My wife and sons were outstanding. So were the many medical professionals, both in and out of the hospital, who did their part.
But the extreme effort it took was overwhelming. There was no strength anywhere in my body, and it sapped all that I had just to work a single body part for a few repetitions.
Somehow I had to find a way and marshal the resources needed to take my next step, and the one after that. And I did.
For I tapped into an inner power I didn’t know I had, a source of strength that is ever-present and available to us all, which never shows itself until we try to do more than we think we’re capable of.
This inner strength is in you. You will need it to weather the storms blowing through your life and world.
When the going gets rough, remember it’s there. Tap into it. Find a way to keep going, to take your next step.
It’s the only one that counts.