One of my favorite movies to watch with my kids is “Meet the Robinsons.” I love it because of its wonderfully powerful example of why it’s so important to just “keep moving forward” – they repeated this phrase about 50 times (okay maybe not fifty, but a lot of times). But that’s because the message was so important – no matter what may come, we have to keep moving, otherwise we’ll get trapped ruts of “shoulda-couldas” “my-life-is-overs” and “it’s-no-uses”. The problem with the rut, is that it’s a lie – it’s not true, we can keep striving, we can achieve our goals, and even if we have to start again, as long as we have breath in our lungs, it’s not over.
I found this great inspirational article that is a wonderful reminder that no matter what happens in life, we just have to keep moving forward. I hope you enjoy it.
Move Forward Ever So Gently
Show me a person who has never suffered and I’ll show you…well, I won’t be able to show you anything. No one on this great planet earth has ever gone through life without major disappointment, nor have they been excluded from experiences of great joy and love.
We’re going through some interesting times, record unemployment; a disaster in Haiti, terrorist threats, killing of the innocent, child and elder abuse, rape, murder and the list goes on and on and on. These are the times in which we live, but these are also times reflected within the history of our world. Our history books tell us of so many devastating tragic events that most of us can’t comprehend. The era of Hitler, Stalin and way back to the time of the crusades. My point is, we may feel that we are the only ones that have ever suffered these terrible devastating events, but we are not. Hardship has been a part of civilization since the beginning of time. It’s how we handle these hardships, some unexplainably devastating that builds character and make us a more compassionate people.
There are many days we may feel that we can’t go on. I can’t make ends meet, I’m failing my family, I’ve lost my best friend (spouse, son, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother, etc.) to death, I’ve lost my job, people are trying to destroy me, my parent or child needs me and I don’t know how to make things better, I have cancer, etc.
I like to call experiences of hardship, character builders. I’ve never come out weaker because of some uncomfortable or devastating event. I think as you look back, you will also see that you’ve also gained strength and knowledge from your hardship(s).
There is no such thing as a perfect world, a perfect life or a perfect person. We are given many different experiences to take on and carry, to carry our cross(s). We are a people that do the best we can with what we are given. That’s what we do.
Take a look back at your life and be proud at what strengths and knowledge you’ve gained, then share with someone who will be thankful for your experiences and strengthened by your endurance and understanding. Remember too to listen, because you may learn even more from their experiences.
I strive every day to hold onto these three words: faith, hope and love….in all things. I wish you the strength to hold onto these words in all of your hardships, no matter how devastating.
The designer of this world will be the ultimate judge to those who cause pain to his people. Rest easy tonight.