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"Beautiful people do not just happen."

By Catherine NyomendaPublished 15 days ago 2 min read
Top Story - March 2024
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Rumi told us that the wound is the place where the light can enter.

Khalil Gibran told us that out of suffering emerges the strongest souls, that the most massive characters are seared with scars

Marcus Aurelius told us that the impediment to action advances action, that what stands in the way becomes the way.

Napoleon Hill told us that every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross told us that the most beautiful people we have known are those “who have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and deep loving concern”

That “beautiful people do not just happen.”

When Joseph Campbell outlined the hero’s journey for us, the premise was that at the moment of the deepest and most unmoving difficulty, the protagonist recognized that it was they who must change. That which seemed to derail the path was the pinnacle moment at which the true path was revealed.

In each case, the epiphany is that the presence of the challenge is the initiator. If we are lucky, our lives will continue to grow as we are presented with new paths and various obstacles among them. To heal is not to arrive at a place where we are absolved of that difficulty, but where we no longer interpret the presence of it as our finality, our ending. Rather, we come to see it as yet another beginning in support of the continual unfolding of all we will one day know ourselves to be.

In a world where most of us die before we are dead, where most of us hyper-fixate on what we cannot control and leave us to ruin everything we can, where most of our humanness and our vulnerability- I hope you find the courage to try. I hope you will come to see that just maybe, beneath the journey you fear to take is the life you had been waiting for, all along.


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Catherine Nyomenda

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  • Zunaira Khalil6 days ago

    Well written

  • Novel Allen10 days ago

    I am so at that place right now Catherine, at the crossroads of being the bigger person and moving on. This is a really great article, a joining of great minds to deliver a powerful message. Congrats.

  • PeachMakeb12 days ago

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  • Abdul Qayyum13 days ago

    Congrats on your top story 🎉🎉. You're doing really well! Your driving force is blazing a trail to glory. https://vocal.media/fiction/time-time-time-251y08cb

  • Andrea Corwin 13 days ago

    Wow, thanks for sharing this, it is fabulous, especially your ending. Congrats on TS.

  • Ameer Bibi13 days ago

    Congratulations 🎉🎉 for top story You're on a roll! Your motivation is igniting a path to greatness.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Anna 13 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Ainy Abraham14 days ago

    great stories. congratulations

  • esther hope14 days ago

    Beautiful piece. So true many die way before they leave this earth, and it's so sad.

  • sweetie fox14 days ago

    my stories

  • ROCK 14 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Cyrus14 days ago


  • If Catherine didn't clear this space, who will? Hey Catherine, your writing just smashed my nipples. Woah! What an awesome story. You were consice in writing, I enjoyed it.

  • "To heal is not to arrive at a place where we are absolved of that difficulty, but where we no longer interpret the presence of it as our finality, our ending." That is extremely profound and so true. Congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Jill Harper-Judd14 days ago

    I needed this today, right now. What a beautiful piece! Thank you!

  • Caroline Craven14 days ago

    In a world where most of us die before we are dead…. Holy moly. What a phenomenal line. I thought your article was on point. Great stuff.

  • Peter James14 days ago

    Great one

  • ema14 days ago

    Lovely! And congrats for your Top Story!

  • Rachel Deeming15 days ago

    There is a lot of wisdom and truth in this, Catherine. Thanks for sharing this. A positive start to my day.

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