“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” ~ E. Roosevelt…..
I love the above quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. I think it perfectly sums up my fellow citizens of Fort McMurray. Every day I see so many people at work who are struggling with various challenges since the wildfires disrupted our lives. Most do not share their stories and most people will never know what hell they may have faced fleeing the fires or the heartbreak they have experienced. Most will never know the courage it takes just to rise and face the day. It is just one of those things – the ‘you had to be there’ kind of things.
I count myself most fortunate and blessed that I did not undergo any severe trauma, but I know many did. The fact that they can muster the courage to get up and get on with living marks them as true heroes in my book.
I don’t know how they do it. They amaze me. Some face the day white knuckled and with grim determination. Others bring a wry sense of humour to the situation. However they do so, I admire them, these men and women with strength and courage that have no match, except perhaps for those who have survived war zones or other equally horrendous circumstances. They encourage me with their fortitude, for they are living examples of indomitable mettle. Mettle that has been sorely tested and shown to be stronger than anything that life can throw at them. I thank them for showing the rest of us that we can survive and not only survive – we can overcome.