Fred Devito said, "If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you."
Kelly Clarkson sings it this way, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger/a fighter."
Or for you Barbie fans, "If I wasn't meant to fly, I wouldn't have these wings."
We are meant to fly, to learn, to grow. We cannot know the joy if we never experience the sorrow. We cannot know our inner strength until it is tested.
What are some of your challenges from yesteryears? How did they help shape you? What challenges are you facing right now?
A couple of years ago, an author that I was following like a good fangirl does, posted that she was taking down her work and would henceforth write under another name because of all the criticism to the writing she had posted.
I was devastated. I thought her writing, though rough--as she stated prior to each posting, was brilliant. I particularly loved her extensive vocabulary, her strong female characters, and the witty dialogue. I still go back occasionally to her stories I have on my Kindle, and, yes, every blue moon I do a search to see if I can find her. Fractional success there.
We don't know another's path or challenges. Our criticism of the small part could be a tipping point.
My challenge to all of us is to encourage rather than criticize, to listen instead of ignore, to offer kindness and a smile rather than an obscenity.
I'll end with a beautiful quote from Helen Walton, "It's not what you gather but what you scatter..."