STRONG looks good on you!

Boundless-Strength-Unlimited-Joy-768x1024Can your trials actually make you STRONGER?

Between 1940 and 1941, Hitler’s Luftwaffe bombed London 71 times, including a merciless 57 consecutive nights. The devastation was incredible, destroying more than one million homes and causing the death of nearly 20 thousand lives (in London alone).

One scientist considered the needs of those who had survived these horrible conditions, and thought of them as two separate groups or categories. The first category was “near-misses,” meaning that the bombs had struck their homes, someone they lived near, or perhaps a loved one. It left a huge, lasting, negative impression them. These persons had severe anxiety about what would happen during the next bomb raid, and each one after that.

The second category of persons was called “remote misses.” These individuals would see the bombers overhead and then. . . nothing. There was a sense of “That’s it? That’s all you got?” toward the bombers. Those who fell within this latter category would have their children play outside during bombing raids, go shopping or to the pubs, seldom ever looking up, seldom worrying about what would happen to them. They simply weren’t worried. They felt invisible, and this sense of strength was so strong that the bombings actually increased the British’s confidence and morale.

When you think about your own life and your own trials, are you more of a “remote misses” or a “near misses” kind of person? Are you worried about the next hit, the next trial, or are you able to live in your life regardless of the trials flying around you? And if you are worried about the next hit, is it possible to change your mindset?

Over the next several weeks, I want to share with you some of the things I learned by interviewing others who have gone through serious trials in life. These posts are designed to help you recognize the strength inside of you, and to let that strength reach out in a way to help others. They are part of a mini-series, if you will, called “Strong looks good on you.” Will you join me?





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