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A Simple Path – To What Makes You Stronger

By on Jun 29, 2011


“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Vacation begins in less than 24 hours.

This time tomorrow night Mary Beth, Catlin, Emily and I will be making the 16-hour drive to Navarre Beach, Florida. I hope to have my toes in the sand and a cold beer in my hand by 6 p.m. on Friday.

Vacations have a way of happening at just the right time. Over the past several months I’ve written honestly about my struggles with depression. It’s not that my life has changed, but maybe my perspective of it has.

I turn 49-years-old on Tuesday. While I’m blessed to have so many wonderful things, there are some personal goals that are still unmet. A sense of urgency to complete these goals seems to be the reason for my anxiety. This is leaving me tired and susceptible to the depression.

But along with turning 49 comes a certain understanding of how I’m wired and what I need. I know when I focus on what makes me stronger, like the love I receive from my family, my faith, and my passion for writing; the obstacles don’t seem as menacing.

I’m also learning that even when things don’t go according to plan there’s still a plan in motion that has been created just for me. And in this lesson, there’s a deeper, more meaningful one: Surrender the problems and believe I am worthy to receive my heart’s desire.

Sometimes the simple path to what makes you stronger is learning how to embrace every trial because behind each one is a blessing waiting just for you.

Tomorrow is a good day for my vacation to begin. Time with the girls, running on the beach, and watching the surf are things that are good for my soul. Each one will make me stronger and each one will give me the chance to remember my life is perfectly imperfect.

And in that knowledge I’m finding new strength.

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Jennifer, going at the pace is a lot more fun – noticing the roses and then stopping to smell them. I’m happy to be on the journey with you.