My random thought of the day is on how we handle our battles.  What brings this to mind is that a few of my friends have recently shared their battles with me and it reminds me of how strong we all are, no matter if we know it or not.  Often it takes a major event to occur in our life before we realize our strength.  Sometimes we don’t realize how strong we are and how others view us as.  The fact of the matter is, we all have this incredible strength within us.

I’m going to write a little on two very different situations.  The first one is how one might deal with the loss of a job.  There are times when we immediatly begin looking for a new job and there are times when we fight with the unemployment office to extend benifits to us.  Do you know how incredibly devistated one can feel at a time like this?  Often we feel defeat wash over us and it’s important that we remind ourselves of our strength.  The truth is, we can all overcome the loss of a job, sure we might have to cut our expenses or even accept a position that pays less money, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not as devestating as we think it is.  Would you agree?

I’m going to touch briefly on another situation and I want to point out that the reason that I chose these two battles is that they highlight how we can find our strength.  Anyhow I have this remarkable friend and I’m not going to disclose her name, but she has overcome a few battles with cancer, other illness and was now recently diagnosed with Leukemia.  As she receives chemo-therapy, I can’t help but admire her strength.  She is incredibly young to have had all these obstacles thrown her way, but I guess we are all thrown different types of obstacles in our lives, aren’t we?  I know that I’ve been thrown more than I sometimes feel is my share.

The truth is there is no designated amount of struggle.  We all have to go through it and learn how to deal with it.  We all have to learn how to find our strength.  I know that both of the people I wrote about here, are fighters.  I know that they’re not going to give up and that they’re going to fight till the end.  There are people out there that may not be as strong and who may not know how to deal with their personal situations.  I would like to ask you to pray for them.  Pray for all of us and for our battle to find our strength.


About nevasquiresrodriguez

Neva Squires-Rodriguez was born and raised in a neighborhood located on the North Side of Chicago. Mother, Wife, Expert at Multitasking... and now, Author and Columnist for Reflejos Newspaper, Neva creates electrifying stories with a twist. Neva Squires-Rodriguez earned her Masters Degree from National University, a feat which she worked very hard to obtain and says she will work even harder to pay off. She claims to be a typical American, full of dreams that will hopefully get her to a more comfortable lifestyle one day. She says, “God has a plan and I will follow wherever it is that He takes me.”
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2 Responses to Battles

  1. chellecordero says:

    Inner strength goes a long way, so often we don’t realize how much strength we have until we are tested.


  2. Thomas Squires says:

    Finding a new job was to me, devastating, of course. There is an old religious saying that God punishes us because he loves us. It seems like the employment agencies and human resources people we talk to for a new job are disapproving of us, and critical of exactly what went wrong in our old job, something so tender we really don’t want them getting into. In reality, these interviewers are human beings, other children of God, or Allah, and mean us well. They peek into us and see if they can help us learn from the experience of losing a job, and going on to a new experience, and a new job. They can see a bigger picture than us, about the jobs that our local society has for its people to do, and they can steer us with their knowledge into jobs that will us our talents and develop our potential. They are like “Super Parents”, in giving us their kindness and advice. For example, I might find out that you once worked for a company of scientists that tested metals, or for a company of scientists that made industrial testing equipment, and that you want to be a novelist. They might know about a new internet site that helps novelists write about everyday science, such as, and tell you to put some posts like it on your own blog. They might tell you right out there, that it is not good for you to stay in one job too long, and that it is good for you to gather many experiences and talents in many jobs, so that you can make more money in any future jobs you go to do. That there is merit in stability, and holding on to one job, and it must be balanced with your human spirit’s desire to have more experiences and talents. Or they may feel that it is important to you to discover these things by yourself.


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