"Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on branches too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings."
We cannot change the events of the past but we can control the outcome of our lives. It’s as basic as getting back up when life knocks us down. The strikes to the body inflict a pain that eventually subsides but the blows to our souls from abuse, ridicule and intolerance bring us to our knees. We need to remember that those burdens have shaped our character and make us who we are. We have to accept ourselves as we are and not some other person’s perception of how we should behave. We are survivors!
"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you!"
- Rocky Balboa
A MOTHER'S PRAYER
God keep my jewel this day from danger
From tinker and pooka and black-hearted stranger
From harm of the water and hurt of the fire
From the horns of the cows going home to the byre
From teasing the donkey when he's tied to the manger
From stones that would bruise and from thorns of the briar
From evil red berries that waken desire
From hunting the gander and vexing the goat
From depths o' seawater by Danny's old boat
From cut and from tumble, from sickness and weeping
May God have my jewel this day in his keeping.