This week, my granddaughter (19) showed us her most recent independent purchase – a tattoo. Admittedly, I am not a fan of tattoos, but I do understand the significance and meaning often attached to them. Hers was no exception.
The inscription forever emblazoned on her forearm is simply: I > ⬆⬇ :
She explained that this represents “I am greater than the highs and lows (ups and downs) as my life moves forward.” I was relieved that it wasn’t something that she would be looking to remove in a few years but would be meaningful to her along whatever path life leads her.
The more I thought about this, the more it resonated with me. We may not be the cause of or have control over terrorist attacks, rioting, Covid-19, political unrest, and everyday life challenges, but how we react to them can make a difference. Inner strength, unswerving faith, and a smile on your face will go a long way toward being better able to live life to its fullest.