I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.
Widowhood has made me lonely, but it has not reduced the love I receive from those who care about me.
Widowhood has burdened me with responsibilities that are difficult, but I have not been reduced to a puddle of inability over it.
Widowhood has exposed my weaknesses, but it hasn't reduced my strengths.
Widowhood has changed the course of my life, but it hasn't reduced my ability to set new goals for the future.
Widowhood has changed the way I view the world, but it has not reduced my appreciation for simple beauty around me.
Widowhood has rocked my foundation, but it has not reduced my faith in God or my belief He is in complete control of my life.
Widowhood has leveled my vigor, but it has not reduced my resolve to overcome.
Widowhood has made me depend on others for help, but I have found that accepting their assistance has not reduced my pride.
Widowhood has changed every facet of my life, but I refuse to be less of a person because of my grief.