Heather has a wonderful post over at Mormon Mommy Wars about the strength you find within yourself when you’re faced with trials, particularly ones involving your children. It made me think of something I received at work during a company-wide lunch presentation about stress. The woman presenting it had cute little gifts for everyone based on their situation or personality. She gave me a notepad that has a picture of a woman with three small kids that says, “You can’t scare me. I have children.”
But does that make the experience of having children seem like a negative thing? I don’t think so. Having children has taught me so much about myself.
It got me thinking of what other experiences I’ve had that have made me stronger. I could just as easily say:
You can’t scare me. I’ve lived in a gang neighborhood. I’ve been robbed, mistaken for a prostitute, and seen children walk by, reeking of crack. I’ve lived in terrible poverty.
You can’t scare me. I’ve lost more family members than I can count on one hand. Mental illness runs in my family. Drugs. Prison. You name it, we’ve got it.
You can’t scare me. I’ve nearly died. More than once. I’ve been in a bank robbery.
And I survived.
But those are all negative or traumatic things. What I wished I’d thought of first was:
You can’t scare me. I’ve seen the protection and guidance of the Spirit in action. I’ve received miraculous answers to prayers. I’ve experienced firsthand the power of a Priesthood blessing. I know how to receive personal revelation. I’ve lived the gospel and have a testimony of the blessings it brings. I know that God lives.