Laura from Blackspotspotsite has just challenged and inspired me. While going through many stressors, she has still managed to remain sober for 45 days. It made me wonder if I challenging myself enough. Am I finding the flint within myself to work towards my goals and dreams? Or have I started to slide back into the bad habit of thinking that I do not have what it takes to reach them? I once was a force to be reckoned with but after my second marriage became a long journey of illness and my husband died, I lost so much of my spirit. It was all I could do to just make it through another day, let alone strive. My battle spirit was gone. But something rose in me as I faced a new year — the stirrings of hope and with it a renewed vision of myself and my life and what it could be. But, lest it become only a daydream, I must take practical steps to bring my dreams into fruition. So many thanks to Laura for sharing her battle and renewing my desire to find the flint within me. Gratitude to everyone on WordPress who share their lives with honesty. Yes, you do make a difference.