On Circumstance and Grit

By Scott Westerman
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” ~ ORISON S. MARDEN

“People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change,” writes Charles R. Swindoll. “They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.”

Whoever you are, it’s a good bet that you are either heading into a crisis, in a crisis, or coming out of a crisis. That’s pretty much how life deals the cards. The secret is realizing that our biggest opportunities to grow and thrive exist in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty.

Martha Beck notes that, “Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests, and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes parts of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined.”

Facing fear, uncertainty and doubt? Let it wash over you. The grit may rough up your skin a bit, but it is “grit”, after all, that is a huge factor in our ability to grow and move in the direction of our goals.