As we count down to the New Year, we get to reflect and prepare for what’s ahead. For all the bad news that seemed to dominate our collective experience of 2017, there are countless stories from the year that remind us of the good in people. These stories give us hope for a bright future and bond us together as a community.
I hope that my story will help people who are struggling to make sense of suffering in the world. The book, Through the Fire will be released soon. The editing is complete, the page design is complete, and now we are working on the cover. I can’t wait to share the cover with everyone! I’m working with the talented artist Phil Roberts, who is creating beautiful artwork for the cover.
I’m grateful to everyone who reads, throughthefire.blog and especially to everyone who has followed, shared, and commented. Visitors have come from all over the world! It’s fascinating to me that I can write in my little home in the US and then have these words travel across the globe. There are readers from the following places: Greece, Canada, South Korea, Ireland, India, UK, Bosnia, Australia, Philippines, New Zealand, China, Spain, Columbia, Chile, Singapore, Turkey, Nigeria, Greenland, Trinidad, Kuwait, Sweden, Japan, Nepal, Kenya, Malaysia, Russia, Oman, Zambia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Germany, and South Africa! Thank you all for reading! It has been a privilege to share my story with all of you and to read the stories of those who have messaged to me. I am truly humbled as I read your stories and witness your strength, bravery and courage as you choose to live lives of love. The world is seeming much smaller as I see that across the globe, we all have similar struggles and joys in life. Regardless of our geographical location, socioeconomic status, race, religion, political affiliations, or gender, we are all faced with the same dilemma, how will we face the struggles in life and how will we face our achievements?
As we look forward to 2018, we might be a little hesitant to set new goals, especially if we want to achieve the same goal that we had as a resolution last year and maybe even the year before and the year before that. If we didn’t meet our goals last year, we begin the new year with a feeling of discouragement. ‘If I couldn’t accomplish my goal last year, how am I going to do it this year?’ First, we have to change our thinking. In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can!
To achieve our goals, we need accountability, determination, encouragement, and perseverance – we can never give up. Here are some of my favorite quotes for encouragement on not giving up.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
“I never lose. I either win or learn.” Nelson Mandela
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. Time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison referring to the light bulb
“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.” T.F. Hodge
Let us not become wearing of doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius
The question is not if we will have struggles and hardships, but rather “how” will we meet them? When we fall, will we rise? Will we continue to persevere and walk through the struggle? #throughthefire
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I wish you all the best for 2018! Happy New Year!
Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14