“Old Apple Tree” © R.L. Herron

It’s no secret life is full of challenges. We face them every day and, if we’re lucky, they are both modest and easily overcome.

Occasionally, we meet someone for whom the challenges are so severe and seemingly insurmountable that their fortitude in the face of them renews for us the basic definition of perserverance.

In rare instances, we cross paths with someone whose daily challenges almost defy belief.

They endure hardship and pain yet, somehow, maintain a cheerful demeanor. They face their obstacles and make the most of each moment. Despite their afflictions and infirmities they lead happy, full and productive lives.

Some are a lot like the old apple tree pictured above, which has a significant portion of its trunk eaten away, yet still sets out leaves and blossoms, and bears fruit.

People like that continue to contribute, and their contributions amaze us.

They sometimes make us question our own resolve and effort. Perhaps, if we really think about it, they also give us a perfect example of faith.


6 Responses to “Challenges”

  1. John Parry Says:

    Candles in the wind? Despite everything we know about probability, some can shine through all adversity. People are steadfast – one of the things I’ve learned.

    Regards – John


  2. Susan Light Says:

    Yes, it’s good to be reminded about those who quietly keep their troubles while showing how to enjoy the good things in life. Thanks for the post.


  3. Conrad Tarnacki Says:

    Ron, your blog on “Challenges” was brief today. It almost seems as if you really wanted to say more, but didn’t. Who were you referring to that inspired this writing?


    • Ron Herron Says:

      Conrad – the list is long one. My late mother-in-law, who died from a brain tumor 34 years ago; my late father, who kept his cheerful demeanor in spite of nearly eight years in dialysis; my youngest son, who lives in constant pain since his auto accident in 2002; close friends currently dealing with cancer.

      My blog entry was brief, hoping to solicit comment. We all know someone like this, and have a lot of opportunity to reflect on our own efforts and, perhaps, our own faith.

      Thanks for your question.


  4. Curt Says:

    Great observation, Ron. I see it every day and am amazed by (most) people’s resolve in the face of great hardship. It is an inspiring thing to see. Keep up the good work. I enjoy your posts


    • Ron Herron Says:

      Thanks, Curt. In your line of work, I’m sure you see more than your share of people enduring hardship. I cannot tell you how much I respect what you do every day (and I’m glad you enjoy my posts)!


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