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“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

We are, each of us, writing a life story.

Every day.

In momentary, minute ways, we will—before our death—live an entire novel while we make a movie of it.

We’ll star in it, direct it, cast the characters and write the lines.

Things will happen to us, some good, some bad, some of which we cause ourselves and some of which we don’t.

Some of the bad will make no sense at all, come out of the blue, and alter the landscape of our lives.

Some of us will get up after a fall, while others stay stuck on their knees, crippled by their circumstances.

And it’s not only an individual story: we are living through a time in human history where we are writing a collective script as well; how we each respond to the challenges COVID presents in our individual lives will determine the collective story arc.

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ~Nelson Mandela

The human heart bends towards heroes, swells at the sight of them, those who fall down and rise again. Those who surmount obstacles, who persevere, who beat the odds—these are people we admire and emulate.

We love heroes and we pay money to watch movies written about them.

We cheer them on, root for them, knowing they’ll get out of the tight spot and save the day in the end, because… because… they are the star of the movie, duh, and the star doesn’t stay on their knees.

We know they’ll persevere. Even if they die in the end, it will have been for a noble cause.

Would you pay money to see a film or read a book in which the star never rises above their circumstances? One in which they simply whine and wallow in their sad lot? I doubt it.

Well, you’re the hero of your own movie, the star.

Maybe it’s time to pay more attention to the script you’re writing as you live it.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer happy endings.

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” ~Bob Riley

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