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If I write a letter to my children, I would steal this man’s words:

“My Dear Son, 

Adversity is not a detour.  It is part of the path. 

You will encounter obstacles.  You WILL make mistakes. Be grateful for both.  Your obstacles and mistakes will be your greatest teachers. And the only way to not make mistakes in this life is to do nothing, which is the biggest mistake at all.  your challenges, if you’ll let them, will become your greatest allies.  Mountains can crush or raise you, depending which side of the mountain you choose to stand on.  All history bears out that the great, those who have changed the world, have all suffered great challenges.  And, more times than not, in time, to triumph.  Abhor victimhood.  Denounce entitlement.  Neither are gifts, rather cages to damn the soul.  Everyone who has walked this earth is a victim of injustice.  EVERYONE.

Most of all, do not be too quick to denounce your suffering.  The difficult road you are called to walk may, in fact, be your only path to success.”   –Unknown author

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January 5, 2013 · 12:25 am