Recently, a good friend of mine lost a parent to cancer. One must concede that was a tumultuous way to end the year. However, Tennyson once lamented, "though much is given much abides." In part, Tennyson evoked the power of resiliency. My friend has embraced that concept. With his recent engagement, he is showing fierce stamina and courage. We each walk down our own winding road, facing twists and turns along the way. But we cannot despair at adversity. Often we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders; which may derive from a myriad of sources whether it is from home, work, school, or all of the above. However, you should embrace the notion that as an individual your destiny will not entail conflicts that are more than you can bear.
Hebrew scripture tells of the people of Israel traveling to the "Promised Land." Between them and their destiny lay the seemingly indestructible city of Jericho. A heavily fortified city, Jericho was enshrouded in walls as high as the eye could see. Initially discouraged, the people of Israel did not relent. They listened to their better spirits and marched around the city walls. They stomped until the city walls collapsed. What seemed impossible was met with courage and bold confidence. Know this: a pious man once extolled, "between you and your destiny lies a Jericho wall, something that you cannot go around, rather you will have to go through it." In this new year take on burdens and break down your "Jericho wall" more forcefully. When things get you down remember to stay positive and encouraged, remember to focus on your life goals, and remember that this will be your best year yet.