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90. Overcoming Challenges

“We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.”

                                 … Stephen Covey

A Story by Darren:

On my regular walk a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a bird with an injured wing.

It was sticking out at an awkward angle and was obviously uncomfortable as I walked past.

For a moment, I felt sorry for it, until I got a bit closer when it took a few hops and took off into the air.

It didn’t fly smoothly, but it flew. There were a few feathers missing, but it flew.

How wonderful!

In a moment, I moved from sympathy to inspiration, because this remarkable bird didn’t use its impairment as an excuse to stay grounded.

Like my feathered friend, we each have flaws and faults. There are circumstances that hinder us.

There is pain, there is a past. You can see them as legitimate reasons to live a limited life.

Or you can see them as obstacles to be overcome on the road to greatness.

Quite simply, the choice is yours.


Strength comes from overcoming the things, you once thought you couldn’t. History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.


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