Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Even Strong People Struggle

T. D. Jakes is the CEO of The Potter’s House, a megachurch in Dallas. Some religious and lay leaders in America believe that he is the next Billy Graham, a religious leader who can reach people in all areas of society.

Jakes wrote an outstanding book, He-Motions, about how men can live better lives. He has a phrase I like, “Even strong men struggle.” Obviously, that goes for strong women, too.

Too often, many of us believe that we can withstand any stressor, overcome any obstacle, and that we should have all the answers.

We don’t. And we shouldn’t feel weak when we don’t.

Of course, “shouldn’t” and “don’t” are two different things. Just because we shouldn’t feel a certain way doesn’t mean that we don’t feel like that.

Unfortunately, we often beat ourselves up when we don’t live up to unrealistic expectations. Cut yourself some slack. Another phrase, “we’re all human,” is true.

How would you feel if you applied FDR’s advice, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”?

Breath in. Breath out.

You’ll get there.

Relax, if only for a moment.

Even strong people struggle.

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