Posted in Personal Conviction

What does it mean to overcome adversity?

There are people you hear about, read about and meet who will take your breath away.  They walk this world as beacons of hope.  The most common factor amongst all these people is their belief in their ability to persevere.  They have made a commitment to the world that they will take each challenge individually and come up with a way to make peace with the challenge and alternatives to overcome the challenge.

One of the guests on Oprah’s show yesterday was a young man…Rudy.  Rudy was born with a birth defect that left his legs underdeveloped and as he grew wanting to do more he was limited.  The recommendation was for Rudy to have both legs amputated just below the knee so that he could be fitted with prosthetics and resume his life.

Rudy’s declaration was to represent the United States in the para-Olympics in Greece in 2004.  Rudy won a gold medal in the para-Olympics.  His ability to convey his determination was masterful.  He was asked about his personal motto or mantra he uses to continue moving forward on his journey.  His response, in a calm, confident manner was “A brave heart is a powerful weapon.”

What if we as pilgrims walked through this world with a brave heart?  What would it mean to have a brave heart when we’re faced with life and death decisions?  How can we manifest a brave heart and what are the signs you’re moving in that direction.  One thing I know is that people who live life with a pilgrim’s heart have determination.  They aren’t in it for the short term pay off, they’re in it for the long term gains and rewards and know that nothing comes without personal investment.

I honor Rudy and all those who walk this world with a brave heart…it’s what makes life in these difficult times more peaceful, meaningful and hopeful.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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