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Building Personal Fortitude | Queenisms

by Cindy Ratzlaff

She had the fortitude to try again and again until she reached her goal because she decided failure was not an option. ~ Queenisms™It’s a good thing we don’t have the gift of foresight. If we knew what was ahead, just around the curve, we might not have the courage to continue on the journey. But in looking back, we see that we were able to put one foot in front of the other and step by step, we were able to make that same journey.

Has there been a time you’ve done something you never thought possible? Can you see how you’re building personal fortitude through experience? When my daughter was born prematurely, weighing just 800 grams, I didn’t see that a four month stay in the NICU would be an epic journey that would test my ability to stay focused, multi-task, learn lifesaving strategies and still show up for life every day. But I did it and today, looking back, I use that experience to remind myself I am so much stronger than I ever thought possible. It helps me face other life crisis, even today. I know you’ve all faced something that you did not think you could do, but yet you did. We get sick, we lose loved ones, we experience devastating disappointment and yet we can go on.

I’d love to have you share a bit of your story here. When we share our stories, we share our strength. Somewhere a woman is experiencing something similar and doubting her ability to survive it. Can you help by sharing the fact that you did?

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4 Responses to “Building Personal Fortitude | Queenisms”

  1. Carol says:

    Over Memorial Weekend last year, I had to have my best four legged friend put out of his suffering. He was my souldmate. End of June my mother-in-law was on life support and died the beginning of July. A few weeks later, IK was in FL, far away from home, taking care of my elderly parents: my dad with stage 4 lung cancer was at heavcen’s gate. I also cleaned my parents’ house from top to bottom inside and out because it needed it and as an act ov service. I was able to finally have some quality time with my younger sister. We had not had time together since girlhood. I knew she was not well, but did not realize her life was coming to a close. My dad died the end of January. His service was ithe 21st of March. At that time my younger sister was in the hospital on life support. I was able to spend the night after my dad’s service with her in the ICU. Very early 2 days later, my sister also passed from this world. Her service is this Saturday.
    My son-in-law has been unemployed since October. We are praying for him to find a job. There are little ones and another on the way. I work as a high school special education teacher in the midst of these life events. Thank you for letting me share. I have not had the courage to tell anyone the whole story except the ladies in my Bible study. God is good.
    I thank Him for seeing me thorough and for the love of my friends and family.

  2. cindy says:

    Carol, it took our breath away just reading about this past year for you. Our hearts go out to you and we’re so grateful you felt you could share your strength with us. We’re wrapping you in every gentle thought and bit of supportive love we can and hoping that the path ahead is soft, level and full of grace.

  3. bizzy says:

    Nearly two years ago I quit a comfortable, well-paying, excruciatingly BORING job to find more meaningful work. I was blessed with the courage to go after my goal of working with children, something I never thought would be my career of choice (I worked with kids part-time while attending college but never took it seriously then… it was just an “easy” way to make extra cash). After earning lots of money and finding it had no value in my life, I said goodbye to it and the boring job and my new career as a preschool teacher has also been revealed as my passion. I can take all other experiences/jobs/talents from my life and apply to what I do every day. I find so much joy at how much I’m learning and growing by being in this field and being surrounded by such interesting and challenging perspectives. I don’t yet know if this exact job is what I’ll be doing for the rest of my working days, but it has helped me live more honestly, more purposefully, and more peacefully. And whatever twists and turns my career life takes, I know I will always know that working with families, children, and learners of any age is where I belong.

  4. cindy says:

    Your story uplifted us this morning Queen Bizzy and we are so grateful you shared. Thank you and it also makes us happy knowing that those children are with someone who is happy to be there, every day!

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