“Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. In those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own.”
As the story goes, the phoenix is a mythical bird with fiery plumage that lives up to 100 years. Near the end of its life, it settles in to its nest of twigs which then burns ferociously, reducing bird and nest to ashes. And from those ashes, a fledgling phoenix rises – renewed and reborn.
Life Coach Debra Gehrke says, like the Phoenix, we continue to rise from and rise above adversity, challenge – the contrast.
We rise stronger, surer, keener, and more aware.
We rise knowing ourselves more deeply than we did before.
We rise appreciating the vastness from whence we came and the greatness toward which we direct ourselves as a result.
When life delivers something seemingly less than we had hoped for, we can wallow in it, carry it around with us like an old-over-stuffed piece of baggage, or we can take one look at it and see the something more than amazing that arose as a result of it.
It’s a choice.
Time and time again, we rise!