You have endured much pain in your life, both physically and emotionally. There have been times in your life so dark until you were not sure if you could go on. Times when you were not even sure if you wanted to go on. And, yet, here you are: Continuing on; living every day; making a difference in the world by your sheer persistence and determination. There is a purpose in your survival. There is a purpose in your resolve to continue making the most of every day of your life.
It is important for you to also see the beauty of your life. Our physical and emotional challenges can often blind us to the beauty of our lives. In most cases, chronic illness can even cause a sense of inferiority to subtly creep in. Become aware of when that happens, and then become aware of the beauty of your being.
You were created with that beauty inside of you; and by you making the choice to fight the challenges that have persisted in your life, you have cultivated that beauty and caused it to grow. You have also had the all-powerful guiding, healing hand of a power greater than yourself. Do not be blinded by the persistent challenges. Look closely at your true nature . . . the person that you have become through the trials.
Allow the words of this verse* to speak to you of your true worth in this life: Know who you are. There’s a world wants to know you. Know where to go. There’s a world wants to touch you. Feel all you can. Let your heart speak and guide you. Don’t be afraid of the love deep inside you. Bring it out for everyone. When you smile we can see the sun. Bring it out for al to hear, Because you’ve so much to give, And there’s so much to know. But if you wait for your moment, Well, it may never show.
Know who you are. There’s a new song inside you. Weep if you can. Let the tears fall behind you. Bring it out for everyone. When you smile we can see the sun. Sing it out for all to hear, Because you’ve so much to say, And you’ve so much to do, And everyone’s waiting. Yes, it’s all up to you.
Know who you are. There’s a world deep inside you. Trust if you can. There’s a friend there to guide you.
Christopher Knippers, Ph.D. August 24, 2016
*by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, copyright 1981 by Delicate Music.