Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams… it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared. Do you know that If we had no dry season, the rainy season would not be so pleasant… if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Do you also know that when you leave home to follow your dreams, your road will probably be riddled with potholes, not always paved in happy bricks. You will probably be kicked to the ground 150 million times and told you are nuts by friends and strangers alike. As you progress you may feel lonely or terrified for your physical and emotional safety. You may overestimate your own capabilities or fail to live up to them, and you’ll surely fall flat on your face once in a while. Is there any one of us who doesn’t love smooth waters? Is there anyone who doesn’t love happiness and all the good things of life? We all do. But the truth is, in this journey called life the storm must arise at some point. Yes! We all witness and experience stormy days but in different forms. My question today is, what type of person will you be when this storm comes? Will you be the one who will stick to your values no matter the storm or will you abandon them and just do whatever it is good or bad just to survive or scale through the storm. What kind of role will you play when you encounter challenges? When going through hard times, the questions you choose to ask yourself are key to how what you will focus on and how you will handle the storm. When you know your core and personal values, those questions are easy to answer. Your values and principles will serve as roots that will give you nourishment in times of adversity (when the storm arises). That’s why there is great need for us all to know what our core values are. They make and define us. They help us discover us. They guide us. What are your core values? Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!