“Being defeated is often temporary,
giving up makes it permanent.”
– Marilyn von Savant
I have had many challenges in my life as have we all. Few of us here on Earth have remained unscathed by disappointments and moments of feeling defeated in one way or another. So it comes as no surprise that we need to find a way through the sadness and often raw painful feelings of defeat. Sometimes, try as we might to not quit, situations are out of our control and we are powerless to stop the journey. It is then, at that precise moment, when we need to decide our fate. It is in our hands, this is our life and we ultimately remain in control. It remains our choice in how we deal with whatever ‘it’ is in our lives that is not working as we wish.
But to give up, to quit, to not work at what ‘it’ is to improve the situation, that makes it permanent. I am not a quitter. No matter what life has thrown at me, I have gotten up and gone on, many times taking baby steps in the process for I had no other way. But it is innate in me ~ to see the sunshine through the rain and to look for the rainbow through the clouds. I know not where my strength comes from, but it is within me ~ as real as my eyes are blue. I cannot be anyone but me and you cannot be anyone but you.
Sure we can change when ‘it’ arrives whether stealthily on little cat feet or as thunderously striking lightning. It is a choice to fall to pieces and pick them up or to remain broken permanently in defeat. What I have learned is this is YOUR LIFE to choose as you wish and you must continue to change and evolve as life goes on. We grow through our defeats, we gain perspective, strength and peace by enduring ‘it’ and I believe that is the journey of life.
Continuing on with peace, love and happiness in our hearts not only heals ourselves, but others as well. It does not serve us to remain angry and resentful when we endure ‘it’ and remain defeated. It locks up the heart and soul which simply want to shine. I know it is hard when we feel defeated. Many times, through breast cancer, through relationships and through disappointments and family troubles, I have know defeat. But I know that this too shall pass. Life will go on and I plan on being there every baby step of the way.
So if you are feeling defeated, take a moment to assess ‘it’ and find the gift in the defeat. Growth, strength and love come from ‘it’ and you will find that what you endure now will give you gifts you couldn’t possibly imagine in the future. Let’s connect, hearts and hands as we baby step on this path ~ hold each other up with respectful kindness and loving hearts.
Love is an ability that needs practice. Self-love is the key and you hold that special key right now. Isn’t it time to unlock your heart and soul and live again?