It’s so easy when faced with trying times to throw in the towel and accept that you’re life has taken a turn for the worse. It takes strength, remarkable character, and a strong sense of purpose to find light in the darkness and use the towel to dry your tears and rise above instead of using it to sulk and sink down far below.
We have a rough time at work, receive a bad grade on an exam, or even face the most natural part of living- death- and think God is punishing us.
But what if the trying times last for four years? What if the times include over six million people dying? What if those times were filled with starvation and constant fear?
This was the circumstance for Wandy Woloski, a Holocaust survivor. She was detained as a little girl, and her chilling story is remarkable beyond words.
After her telling of overcoming starvation, death, and fear, she was asked one question that revealed a response which shook the entire room.
A young woman rose from her seat and asked how she feels toward the Germans now that the Holocaust is all said and done. Wolosky replied in a confident tone without a single pause of doubt,
“I do not hate. Because hate would destroy me.”
Undying, tried and true, raw courage. But then, it got better. She wanted the whole audience to remember a few words:
“When you see an injustice, speak up. If someone looks a little bit different, don’t laugh at them, help them. You are the next generation- you are going to (maybe) tell my story. Life is so precious- you can think today is bad, but tomorrow is going to be a better day.”
Wandy closed with a poem with more words of inspiration:
“Perhaps tomorrow will be a better day, perhaps tomorrow the sun will shine, there has to be hope for another day.”
it’s an outlet. it’s an inspiration. it’s a gift. it’s a purpose.