Gathering Our Strength

Vires acquirit eundo. (We gather strength as we go.)

Virgil, from Aeneid

All too often we let things get to us.

I can’t do it.

It’s too hard.

I’m just not cut out for this.

I’m gonna do something else.

I give up.

We succumb to the pressure and move on to something easier. We reason that everybody else does it, so why shouldn’t we.

“Everybody else does it.” That’s the part that gets us in trouble. Because we’re not trying to be everybody else, are we?

If we want to be somebody, if we want to make our own way, if we want to find our own success, we’ve got to suck it up and muscle through.

Yes, there will be hard times. Yes, there will be bumps in the road. Yes, we will face adversity.

But that’s all part of it, isn’t it? That’s the test.

How else would life know which one of us is worthy of success?


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