Cydney Baron

Sometimes people need reminders of who they are and what they're capable of. When we've been knocked down, over looked or overwhelmed it's difficult to remind ourselves, "I'm made of tougher stuff than this."

This week the reminder for us all came from an unlikely source, Elizabeth Warren.

Ignoring the political race, she provided a reminder that we're all in this together, that we're all capable of finding what it takes to rise above or forge ahead.

She describes a memory from her childhood: Watching her mother pace back and forth, muttering "We will not lose this house, we will not lose this house" as the family faced foreclosure. Seeing the dress, reserved for special occasions, laid out on the bed. Watching as her mom, who was 50-years old and had never worked outside of the home, shrugged on the dress, walked out of the house with her head held high and got a minimum wage job to keep the family afloat.

Warren said, "For a long time I used to think that was just a story about my mother. A story about how, when you get scared you reach down, and you find what you have to find, and you bring it up. And years later I came to understand this is a story about millions of Americans. It doesn't matter if you're scared. When you've got to do something to take care of the people you love, you reach down and find it and you pull it up."

This is all of us. We all face unbeatable odds, mountains that seem too high to climb. But, because we are resilient and adaptable, we find it within ourselves to climb. Warren reminds us all to be a product of our decisions, not our circumstances. To find the grit within ourselves to do what needs to be done.

Cydney Baron is the editor of the Claremore Progress.