“A man does what he must –
in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures –
and that is the basis of all human morality.”
Winston Churchill

10 mile march, double-time w/ full pack ... Tough?

Difficulties face each of us in different ways but at fairly regular intervals. For some, the hurdle is an illness or illness of a loved one. For some, difficulty comes in the form of utility bills with insufficient money to cover them. For still others, hardship comes in the form of addiction to drugs, alcohol, porn, or yes, even chocolate. It is clear that these vicious “attacks” do not just affect the “victim”, but the entire family, neighborhood, community, like ripples on a pond.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” WC

Personal defense

Similarly, as an individual faces the challenge in front of him (her), unknown strength arises from within, a strength deposited there by smaller battles won. Learning to walk – each tumble produced the response of another attempt until the falls stopped. Learning to talk, try after try until actual words formed. Learning to read, learning to ride a bike, learning to drive, learning to love … all these things we learn through trial and error.

“I have nothing to offer but blood,
toil, tears and sweat.” WC

In the end, life is what we make it. The more effort we put into our life, the more we get out of it. I used to teach my children to “plant” the seeds for the crop they wanted to reap. If they wanted friends, BE a friend. If they wanted kindness, BE kind. If they needed strength to overcome some task or obstacle, USE the supply of strength on hand and more would arrive just in time.

I believe there are many Americans who have never learned this lesson. Strength begets strength! Wealth begets wealth. Courage begets courage! Try it!

*NOTE: Three quotes above issued forth from the heart and mind of Winston Churchill!