Thanks for popping in. I was listening to a book last night, and the latin phrase Fortis in Arduis came up. My O level Latin stretched to the translation: Strength in Adversity. Wow, I thought. How appropriate those 3 words are in the world right now. Today. Strength in Adversity, steadfastness in the face of Trouble.
Of course I know it’s all shocking. Of course I know it’s overwhelming and frightening. But whatever it is, IT IS WHAT IT IS. Once again, I can only speak for myself, but I have to accept IT for whatever IT is, and calm down.
I believe we’re a lot more resilient than we think we are. And maybe we need a crisis, even a global pandemic, to find out just how resilient we are.
I see it in my Dad. Talk about being a fighter in the face of adversity! He certainly kissed Death this summer, but he just does not give up trying. He doesn’t complain, even though his eyesight is failing him now, he just keeps doing whatever it is he needs to do to keep going. Quite remarkable.
When he was a lad, he belonged to the Rotax Boxing Club, in Park Royal, London. He tells me it was a tough club, run by hard men, an organisation which was trying to keep lads off the streets. I know my Dad had a good upbringing, he came from kind people, but the discipline from those days has certainly stuck with him all his life.
And my Mum. She had a hell of a life in the war in Germany, and post-war Germany. A hell of a life. Hard as nails now though. She won’t be beaten either.
I guess what I am trying to say is if it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. Tough situations build strong people in the end.
Fortis in Arduis.
Stay safe and stay strong. This too shall pass.
Love and Hugs