One of the most heart touching inspirational stories is the story of Bethany Hamilton. At the age of thirteen, surfing prodigy and native of Hawaii Bethany Hamilton lost her entire left arm after being attacked by a tiger shark just off the coast of Kauai. But while most would give up on their dreams, Bethany didn’t give up on her dream of becoming a professional surfer, she was back in the water and back on her board less than a month later after the incident. Now that’s called perseverance. Today, Hamilton is 23 years old and a professional surfer.
Adversity didn’t sink Bethany – and it doesn’t have to sink anyone. For some, adversity is not an anchor – but a rocket-booster that strengthens resolve and allows people to push beyond limitations. We hope this week’s message strengthens your resolve and reminds you that every adversity has seeds of opportunity. Keep moving forward and plant those seeds. Make it a great week.
Something to Think About
Ask yourself how you handle obstacles? Do you let them shut you down or do you see them for the opportunities that they are? Allow your perspective to fuel your perseverance!
Words of Wisdom
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge
As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time. – Denis Waitley
Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. – Benjamin Disraeli
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. – George Edward Woodberry
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. – Mignon McLaughlin
Practice perseverance. Is there something that you attempted at some point in your life, but failed at? Make it a goal this week to try something again!