Last week, there were no daffodils beginning to grow and no cyclamen flower blooming. I knew they were there … but they had been covered with snow. A lot of snow!

The snow was on the streets, in driveways and in gardens. Almost a foot of the white stuff covered the flower beds and my first thought was that the snow may have severely injured the plants growing underneath.

And then this morning, most of the snow had melted or swept away because of the constant rain and underneath … wonder! They had all faced the adversity of a winter storm … and survived! The winter cyclamen had blossomed and the daffodils to the left of the cyclamen had begun their journey through the dirt to become a flower.

Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu wrote that “Tenacity is strength in adversity.”
When we “hold on” in adversity … whatever the situation – be that Nature’s fury, personal health issues, politics or whatever – we are being tenacious.
And tenacity is strength! I like that thought.

Consider these people: Greta Thunberg … Joan of Arc … Rosa Parks … Martin Luther King Jr. … to name just a few.

Consider the people you know: family and friends who have weathered personal storms, Nature’s storms, stormy consequences of political decisions …

Consider yourself.

Each of us, at one time or another, has “weathered a storm” and demonstrated ‘tenacity in adversity.’ If you doubt that, why not take a moment now and think of a time you were faced with a situation that was contentious, frightening, anxiety-producing.

Adversity – each one of those moments/situations.

Then take a moment to reflect on how you got through that time/that moment/that experience – or how you’re getting through it now.

Each of those moments, whether or not you felt it at the time, was an example of your resilience … your tenacity. You “got through,” in some way … strength!

I remember my late husband whispering to me shortly before he died “You are stronger than you think you are.” At that moment and in the moments , days and weeks which followed, I didn’t “feel” strong. But, I “got through.”

Tenacity is strength. May we each remember and not lose sight of that when the next adversity enters our lives. We are stronger than we think we are.

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© June Maffin
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