"That ability to effect such change in himself is far more inspiring than the idea that he (Gandhi) was always strong, capable, and spiritual. Gandhi was actually able to take himself from a place of darkness to a place of light. For me it is extremely important to remember that real strength is born in response to our weaknesses and vulnerabilities."
This quote comes from a wonderful book by Michael Gelb called Discover Your Genius: How To Think Like The Ten Most Revolutionary Minds. I read this a number of years ago and I find even more compelling today. There are aspects of life and even our own internal workings that can make us feel so vulnerable. Life threatens us with what feels far beyond our ability to control and this is deeply unsettling. It's these pressure cooker times I have to reach out to others for help. I am always surprised at how willing people are to step into my trouble with me when I make myself vulnerable. It is almost like these times arrive to strengthen the community around us.
i really think these tough time come to test my belief in God. Do I actually believe that God will take care of me in this situation? Will there be anything left when the calvary appears over the hill? How long can I hold on? These time will come and when they do I will again come to see where my real strength is born.