New Year…New Challenges

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As a pearl is formed, so is strength formed in humans…developing a resistance to a foreign object or challenge!

As the new year begins, many have new challenges to face in 2016. It could be personal, professional, or spiritual, but challenges abound for all. The key is how we perceive these challenges and how we react to them.

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

For me, 2016 will be the most difficult year of my life. With a personal loss, it will be a challenge for me to move beyond my grief and develop a new normal without my loved-one. My wife was my world…my best friend…my one true love. Living without her over the past month has been the hardest thing I have ever encountered and ever will. How can one  move on after suffering such a loss?

I choose to be a positive person, though the past month has challenged my efforts to be positive. Negativism and pessimism are the most natural instincts of the human condition and the easiest. It is difficult to be positive, and even more so, when you lose someone as close as a spouse. Being positive is a choice…not an easy one, but a choice. Being positive requires optimism, but it also requires great internal strength to overcome the doubts and worries.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalms 46:1

Your challenges in 2016 may center around a career change, or an impending layoff. It may be a personal decision such as a separation or housing change. Whatever your challenges may be in the new year, remember that there is strength in God, comfort in your family and support from your friends.

The new year will be a challenge for many of us, but its not the end of the world. The Bible tells us that God will not challenge us above our abilities to handle. We have but one life to live…make your life a positive one…a great one!

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” 

James 1:12

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