HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A dear friend and ovarian cancer warrior recently said, "There are only 3 healthy ways to deal with any difficult problem: accept, adapt, and advance." I believe our country was founded and has thrived on those same principals:
1. Accept: basically it can be said, "Okay, I have cancer" as in her case. Or,
England wants to keep America.
2. Adapt: this is where one must find the healthy methods of coping.
Counseling, support group, or develop a plan of action
A belief in God or a Higher Power
3. Advance: each day move forward.
Learn from the past to which you cannot return
Tomorrow never comes
But you have today!
"If you're going through hell, keep going" (Churchill)
"Love is the first ingredient in the relief of suffering." (Padre Pio)
"Worry divides the mind." (Max Lucato)
"There's no disaster that can't become a blessing..." (Richard Bach)
Our Founding Father's accepted the challenge to be an independent country even if it met war. How often they had meetings to determine the best plans, discussing alternatives and openly speaking of the sacrifices that were ahead of them. They might have disagreed on "the details," but they were there for the common goal of freedom. Our country has advanced through some very difficult times becoming the strong and free nation that it is today. It is not perfectly healthy, just as my friend isn't, and yet its birthday is celebrated with parades, picnics, and fireworks.
So when we are facing a problem or challenge, think about facing it through acceptance, adaptation, and advancement.
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