No pain, no gain.

Whenever I reflect back on times of success, there usually has been some type of obstacle, some type of hardship, and or painful experience that has been endured and overcome.

R.A. Dickey, is a prime example.

Be strong and courageous.

The difference between people who are successful and who are not, is not what happens to them, it’s how they respond when they get knocked down. Do you keep getting back up? Do you have enough courage and strength to do that? I’d say you do, even if you don’t think you do.

Tony Dungy said that how you respond to adversity says a lot more about you than how you do during prosperity.

Consider it all joy.

When we suffer, don’t act like it’s a strange thing. You can either choose to be bitter or better. Suffering is a good thing, it produces character. It’s funny when you talk to people who go through hardships and times of distress. I think we all find ourselves at some point asking, “Why this? Why me? Why now?”

The reality is, when we suffer we get clear, black and white answers. Suffering has a design by elimination harmony dimension to it. The moments of suffering are our defining moments.

There is a plan at work here.

The plan is to prosper and not harm, plans to give a hope and a future. Have faith and keep looking forward and ahead. Running from the rain doesn’t create sunshine. And like Elise Mitchell said, you’ve got to be able to see through the turn.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears. And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there, With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

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