et tu Brute

I love museums and visited one recently. It took me back in time when ladies used to carry water in wooden buckets. The exhibit was interactive and we could try lifting the 20 lb bucket to get a sense of how hard women worked, back in those days. I stood in line and was amused to see a few kids and adults grunt and groan.

In my mind, I kept thinking that I would not be able to do it. The wooden bucket by itself was very heavy, let alone the water. It was my turn soon enough and I tried my hand at it. It was very difficult and heavy, but I managed to lift it off the ground and held it for a few minutes. Hats off to those ladies.

In life, there have been several moments that seemed heavy and unmanageable. For instance, the time when my roomie in college petitioned to keep me away from my own room. I had misjudged her and had invited her to be my room mate and she turned into a Brutus. The time when I had to make some very important decisions that would directly affect people very close to me. Or, the time when I had to manage a house full of people with varying degrees of needs and so many more.

I could have easily given up, hidden under a rock, but I did not. I somehow summoned the strength to face each and every hurdle, every dead weight when the time came. All of us have the inner strength to face anything and everything, we just do not know it. If we just take a bold step, we will know how strong we are.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do     – Eleanor Roosevelt

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