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  • Kimberley Guillemet

“We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated....

We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up."

St. Paul the Apostle

Life is tough sometimes. Sometimes the unexpected happens and it feels as if the earth has fallen from beneath our feet. When those “take your breath away moments” happen, they can be scary, anxiety-ridden and perplexing.They can cause us to call everything into question.

The “what if” has come to pass. What if all of the other “what ifs” come to pass? Then what?

I have had to face this question recently and my response to myself has been: we keep going.

Please understand that I do not mean to imply that what it will take to keep going will be easy or pretty or comfortable. It almost assuredly will not.

What I do mean to say is that while we give all respect to the gravity of the difficult moment in which we find ourselves, we must soldier on. Those moments, no matter how gritty, ugly, hard and gut-wrenching they may be, do not exist in vain. They do not exist to wreck us emotionally and leave us eternally in ruins.

They will pass, and we will be better.

The real tragedy would be if we refused to let our hardest moments make us stronger, wiser and more resilient.

If we make it through to the other side of the seemingly insurmountable trials that we thought we couldn't, imagine what else we can do.

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