We face challenges

Throughout our entire lives

And sometimes are unaware

What is a challenge.

Perhaps we take for granted,

Most of the obstacles life presents us with

are to be expected.

Perhaps I didn’t recognize

that the marriage I entered into

in 1958

would be a continuous challenge;

I simply accepted it

for what it was.

It was  a greater challenge,


having the fortitude to

obtain a divorce after 26 years

of marriage, even a poor one.

It was my first great challenge

becoming a single person

and being on my own

for the first time in my life.

It was a great challenge

in 2008

to pack up over 600 boxes of

belongings (admittedly, mostly books)

and move,

lock, stock and barrel-

65 miles away to the high desert.

I, who have spent virtually my entire

adult life in the San Fernando Valley;

Leaving it was another challenge.

Buying a house on my own was

another major challenge–

perhaps to some, my challenges

have not been so great

but to me they represent


They reinforced my belief

I can do anything I set my mind to.

Sandra Lee Smith

May 13, 2009

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