"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.” —Bruce Barton (1886-1967): politician, author, executive

Driving the other day I saw a billboard advertisement for the Army. It showed a solider scaling a wall with the quote underneath “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

That is what grief does. The pain works out the weakness and makes one stronger. But, becoming stronger doesn’t mean the pain doesn’t still hurt. 

I was contacted by another author who will possibly be endorsing my new book and he lost his wife nine years ago.  He commented in one of his emails that he still experiences the grief especially with the holidays.

And so the grief continues and that is a hurt that never fully goes away.

And so I ask myself can I rise above this hurt?  And on normal days I say I hope so.  And on difficult days I beg that I will able. And on rare days a tiny voice shouts yes!  Yes, I will dare believe. I will dare believe I can do this! The tiny voice isn’t very loud. I nearly miss it when it speaks. Still I believe there is something more splendid for scaling the wall–for taking the pain–for making the climb.

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