In my early days as an entrepreneur, I got so broke, I had to pawn my gold wrist bracelet in order to buy food to survive. At a latter point, I was gate-crashing wedding receptions all suited up just so I could eat for free, I was married and sharing a 2 bedroom flat with a friend and his girl-friend, it had only one toilet.
However today I own my own home on a hill, my organization trains some of the nation’s biggest organizations and yes now I can afford 5-course meals at any of the best restaurants in the city.
The past despite all its challenges still looks to me like those were good times. When you go through hard times and you eventually do make it, we tend to reminisce and wistfully say, “Hmmm those were good old days”. It’s easy to understand the essence of the whole plot, the twists and turns, the heartaches and pains at the end of the movie. You realise why it all had to happen- how it strengthened you and fortified your base. You also learn some hard lessons- like developing a savings culture and investing wisely. Experience is indeed a great teacher!
So relax, it is not the end. You’ll get through the tough days. And one day you’ll look past the heartaches, the betrayals, the growing pains, days when you were living on the edge and surviving by your wits; you realise that it all shaped you. It is what made you a success. You didn’t just find success, you actually became a success. You shone through like molten gold through the fire.
In Romans 5:3-4, the apostle Paul summed it best when he said: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”
Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay now, then it’s not the end.