Wednesday’s Wafers: weekly series in which I share some of my own recent writing
by Karolyn H
As each day passes
and time rolls merrily along
I understand more and more
why the greatest fulfillment in life
comes not from having the best of everything
or enjoying support and praise from admirers
or even from unlimited knowledge and opportunities.
It comes from the struggle
against your own fears
against the negativity of the world
against the obstacles that you might not even understand
against your past and recent failures
against bad habits and safe choices.
Our human condition is often scary
and painful, and hopeless.
But it is also beautiful
and silly and joyful.
The struggle validates the victory.
Tenacious persistence conquers doubt.
Failures teach humility and patience.
Reaching the goal, finding the treasure, discovering love;
there is nothing that compares to the satisfaction of
knowing that you made the hard choices that led you to this moment.
Knowing that the difficult, or traumatic circumstances you endured
were gloriously worth it.
Designing your life and crafting your character —
what an ambitious endeavor!
Who do you want to be?
How do you want to be?
Who are YOU?
and when I say “you”,
I’m really asking myself…