“The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of obstacles removed from their path by others. It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental and moral fiber.”
William Mather Lewis
The 1950s comic Brother Dave Gardner was asked why he was referred to as “Brother Dave” yet he wasn’t really a Preacher. His answer: “I am a Preacher. The only difference is, I’m preaching for it, not against it.”
I suppose that witty response could be interpreted many ways. For me, it speaks to the need to develop that “strong mental and moral fiber” Dr. Lewis is recommending.
And to believe that we are born with those qualities and have no need to continue to develop them is the height of denial. What we’re reading, watching, talking about and listening to all contribute to our continued growth and development as extraordinary people – especially in the mental and moral realms.
Obstacles will always appear. What practices do you follow that build your mental and moral fiber?
With love and respect,