From Ugly Duckling to Swan

Kirk and I went to the zoo last weekend, and let me tell you it was a blast. We went because a new baby giraffe was born. He was precious! Of course, we loved all of the animals, but I think my favorite animal was one we can find outside the zoo — the swan.

Maybe I am most fond of its story, but something about the swan screams poise and strength. We all know of how the ugly ducking turned into a beautiful swan. But maybe this story is more than skin deep. I think there is a beauty to the swan because it has overcome adversity and its strength shines, which is its true beauty.

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Whether or not you think we are given tough situations for a reason, the fact is we all face some kind of adversity in our lives. And way more than once. What I’ve learned is that the best way to tackle these situations is with a positive attitude. Trust me, the “pity me” attitude won’t work. Instead, embrace the situation as an opportunity to grow. I know it is easier said than done, but it really starts with YOU. And once you are able to change your attitude or get through a tough time, you will realize the strength you posses is always there.

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.  – C.S. Lewis

Let’s all hatch our egg when we are faced with some kind of change or adversity, and grow into the beautiful swan we were meant to be.

You can start with these simple steps!

  1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
  2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
  3. Visualize how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
  4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
  5. Smile and get cracking. (cracking, get it, crack your egg shell! hehe)
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