Jamestown island formed many thousands of years ago from a series of shoals along the James River. When colonists arrived in 1607, an isthmus connected the island to the mainland, and a “paradise” of virgin hardwoods covered the land. By 1800, the isthmus had eroded, and the forest had been cleared for farming. Today the loop road around the island affords views of the James River, the marshes and the regenerating forest.
The settlers who came to this country were faced with many hardships. If they had not been determined to stay in this land, I would not be sitting in front of a computer in a country called the United States of America.
This week a huge number of employees lost their jobs. I watch the news and it is scary and depressing. My job is still currently intact, but no one is immune to the steady decline of the financial hardships now facing this country.
Remember that YOU are fantastic and that your job is a portion of your life…it doesn’t define you. Don’t give up! This hardship will pass and when you reach the other side of it, you can be a better person.
Life is frequently a struggle. I think Ben Stein makes a good point:
“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.”
Don’t surrender today. You can do anything if you just don’t give up! Run down the unknown path with vigor, hope and perseverance!
Thomas Paine once said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
If you can’t take one day at a time, take one hour and if that is too much, take one minute at a time. Allow yourself space. Don’t overwhelm your mind. Relax. Let peace enter your mind to speak comfort. You can do it!