“The difference between shallow happiness and a deep, sustaining joy is sorrow. Happiness lives where sorrow is not. When sorrow arrives, happiness dies. It can’t stand pain. Joy, on the other hand, rises from sorrow and therefore can withstand all grief. Joy, by the grace of God, is the transfiguration of suffering into endurance, and of endurance into character, and of character into hope—and the hope that has become our joy does not (as happiness must for those who depend upon it) disappoint us.” Walter Wangerin Jr.

How do you convey in a few written words the hope and positivity shared through a talk? Stay tuned for Heather’s story on polylogos.eu

What motivate you to get up in the morning and do your thing? Fulfill your calling, living fully engaged… Heather shared her strong motivator: justice. When things get tough, she takes a moment to remember why is she in the ring. Why she gets up when she gets knocked down. Justice. And if there was one word, one wish for us all, that would be HOPE. It’s too easy to get discouraged and throw down the towel. It takes discipline to swim against the current. The first step is to acknowledge our circumstances and tendencies. But then to choose hope over despair. To choose hope over complaining. And choose to take action. With integrity.