Character Cannot Be Developed in Ease and Quiet

Hope you had a great weekend! It’s Monday again, which means it’s time for a quote. I could just pick out quotes at random, but I try to select them based on what’s going on in my life. My hope is that other people can better connect to and feel inspired by the quotes if they can identify with them.

With that said, starting work has been a tougher transition than I expected. Up until June, I had been a student my whole life. I went straight from high school to undergrad to graduate school. My world revolved around gaining the knowledge and skills I needed to graduate and to pursue a career in social work. My goals were clear and my time was finite. I needed to meet these certain requirements in this many semesters.

Now I am working without an end date or a clear path ahead. Many people would feel a sense of freedom at this point, but I actually feel lost. I am definitely “Type A,” and the seemingly indefinite nature of this new period of my life overwhelms me sometimes. However, I am also begrudgingly thankful for my recent struggles. As a student, I gained knowledge and skills, but I wasn’t gaining wisdom. I hope and pray that the challenges I face will help me with judgments and decisions in the future, and I’m just feeling some growing pains right now. With that very long explanation, I chose a quote by Helen Keller about how our character is developed. I hope you find it meaningful, too!

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller


  1. Lina Marie says:

    We definitely share similar feelings. I remember very much feeling this way right after graduation in December… it actually took quite a toll on me, it was really uncomfortable just being “in limbo”. I was also really unsettled because I felt like I had nothing to work towards. To be honest, it took me a few months to get out of my “funk”, and even now that I’m established, some days I do wonder what my next goal or step in life is. I think even though we may not necessarily have definite milestones from this point forward, we can still try to find ways to reach our more abstract goals. So, it’s not that we aren’t working towards anything anymore, rather, the process has just become more abstract. I learned a lot about myself while learning to become comfortable with not knowing what the future holds, and I hope the same for you! It is still a little scary to think about sometimes, but now it’s more exciting than anxiety provoking 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing! I love what you said about the process being more abstract. I have a feeling I’ll get to the point of feeling excited instead of anxious about uncertainty with time.

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