Every person should have the opportunity to overcome incredible difficulty at some point in life. I’m talking about something that comes so close to breaking you, a challenge that seems truly insurmountable. Of course, life is full of things that seem impossible — until you find a way to do them. If you’re fortunate, you’ll find out what it’s like to have such an accomplishment. For me, that challenge has been dyslexia. When I was young, reading and writing seemed impossible. Learning to compensate for my difficulties has been one of the… Read More
This haiku was written a few years ago, at a time when I was struggling with something that seemed really big to me. Since then it’s become a mantra for me when I face difficult situations or decisions, at least when I have the presence of mind to think of it. People handle almost every crisis in one of two ways: we avoid it or we rise to the challenge. We shrink or we expand. I’m not saying one is always right and one is always wrong. Just usually.