“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them.”
No matter who you are or where you came from, we all have to overcome adversity. Success is not determined by how skilled you are in avoiding challenges but how you let it mold you once face them. Will you let adversity break your will or use it to strengthen your confidence and skills?
Kris Carr, a 32-year old New Yorker was having a normal day. During a regular check-up at her doctor’s office, she was diagnosed with a rare and incurable Stage IV Cancer called epithelioid hemangioendothelioma.
She could have succumbed to the disease and no one would have judged given her diagnosis. Instead, she decided to fight with all her will. She attacked her cancer with a brand new nutritional lifestyle and turned her experience into a series of successful self-help books and documentaries.
This led Kris to launch her own wellness website and is now revered as one of the most prominent experts on healthy living.
One Butterfly’s Story:
One day a small gap appeared in the cocoon, through which the butterfly had to appear. A boy, who accidentally passed by, stopped and watched how the butterfly was trying to get out of the cocoon. It took a lot of time, the butterfly was trying very hard, and the gap was as little as before. It seemed that the power would leave the butterfly soon.
The boy decided to help the butterfly. He took a penknife and cut the cocoon. The butterfly immediately got out, but its body was weak and feeble, and the wings were barely moving.
The boy continued to watch the butterfly, thinking that now its wings would spread and it would fly. However, that did not happen.
The rest of its life the butterfly had to drag its weak body and wings that weren’t spread. It was unable to fly, because the boy did not realize that an effort to enter through the narrow gap of the cocoon was necessary for the butterfly, so that the life-giving fluid would move from the body to the butterfly’s wings and that the butterfly could fly. Life forced the butterfly to leave its shell hardly, so that it would become stronger and would be able to grow and develop.
If we were allowed to live without meeting difficulties, we would not be viable. Life gives us challenges to make us stronger.
Next time you are faced with a challenge, will you let the water sink your ship? Or will you let the water carry you to new destinations?
Our lives can get pretty hectic and it can be easy to get lost in our actions. When we are so focused on what is ahead, we forget to pause, reflect and find ways to energize our minds.