Life does not always seem fair… not even close. And yet, who are we to judge what is fair?

One minute we can feel as high as a kite, and the next we can get dashed deep into the ground. In those lowest moments, always try to recall that you once soared like a bird… and if we did it once, we can do it again.

And even if we can’t ever again take flight, we did it. YOU did it! Whatever you have accomplished cannot be undone.

Other people have never known, never felt, never experienced any other individual’s personal highs and lows. We can smile as we share an experience vicariously, and this is wonderful. We feel tears flow with utter abandon as we sympathize or empathize with another’s tragedy and pain. But we cannot ever totally know another person’s bliss, nor their misery.

Perhaps all we can do is the best we can. Try to see the silver linings. And we they are totally out of sight, remember that they are there, no matter how deeply hidden in the dark they may seem. Do not lose faith. Do not lose hope. Do not lose heart.

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”

— John Wolfgang Van Goethe (1749 – 1832)

German poet, playwright, statesman & critic

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About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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