As an avid reader, I have always been impacted and inspired when I read books by those, and about those, who have gone through heartaches, trials, persecution, rejection, and many disappointments but remained true to their faith in God. I don’t ever remember being emboldened or motivated by a book about someone who never had any problems and sailed right through to success with little difficulty.
That’s why when I read this quote by a famous Swiss psychiatrist who did groundbreaking work in dealing with death and dying, it struck me as so real. She said: “The most beautiful people we have admired are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”1
Why is it that so many want to be prosperous by way of good luck? They’re always looking for ways to win a lottery or be selected as a sweepstakes winner. Blood, sweat, and tears are not part of their formula for success. Which of these pictures would inspire and awe you the most: a mountain climber standing tall at the peak of the world’s highest mountain, his climbing outfit unmarred and glistening in the sun, who got there by way of a helicopter; or, the climber next to him, bent over from exhaustion, with rips and tears in his outfit, and bumps, bruises, and cuts underneath, who got there by climbing up the steepest face on the mountain?
I don’t think it would be hard to guess which one would be the most meaningful. So the next time you are faced with roadblocks on your way to achieving something significant, don’t try to find a way around them. First, see if you can move them or break through them. If that doesn’t work, climb over them. While it’s not necessary to look for hardships, don’t avoid dealing with them when they come your way. If you want what you learn to be an encouragement, motivation, and influence to others to keep going, be that example yourself. Stay on the hard-road, don’t detour over to the high-road. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross