“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” ―Margaret Thatcher

Battles are aptly named. Can you imagine if a battle were called something else? Like, cakewalk or vacation. “The Cakewalk of Gettysburg” or “The Vacation of Waterloo.” Somehow it’s just not the same. Battles are painful and scary and often they feel wrong because of all the pain they bring but without battles in life there would also be no victories. I’m not suggesting wars should or should not be fought and the consequences of them aren’t terrible. I’m saying that just because we may lose a fight within ourselves or our lives doesn’t mean we just give up.

We have to take the same viewpoint of those fighting for freedom, we have to remind ourselves that we are worth fighting for… no matter how many times we may fight the same battle. Recovery doesn’t end just because we are no longer under the influence of our addiction or our challenge. Recovery begins each and every day. Sometimes it’s a battle we fight for ourselves each moment. Winning only comes when we believe in our reason to fight and fight hard no matter the opponent. Resilience is what carries us from battle to battle and makes the hope of victory real.

Fight daily, fight for you no matter what stands in your way. You are worth fighting for.

Sarah Deats

Sarah Deats is the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer. Her goals are to make a connection with everyone that she can while building community, spreading hope, and sparking change. She believes that while life may not be easy, it is never lived alone.