Living Life with Challenges
A Power of Choice
I start my day reading. I read from one of my favorite inspirational blogs,Marc and Angel Hack Life. . Truly, the blog and the authors’ books were written just for me. Marc and Angel’s topics mysteriously help navigate as well as understand life’s struggles and challenges in uplifting and energizing ways.
The two articles read:
Each article immersed me in deep thought, contemplating the following questions:
a) What have I learned from my recent challenges and struggles?
b) What tips can I share with others similarly experiencing struggles and challenges?
c) How have I survived my life?
Without deeply delving into the past or prognosticating the future, there are three rules that kept me grounded when confronted with seemingly insurmountable struggles and challenges. The three rules are simple and allow me to be me:
1. Don’t panic! Believe in yourself! When it seems as if things can get no worse yet they do: Live the moments, let the feelings flow and ebb – do not panic – believe in yourself.
Everyone gets knocked down! Do not feel pressured to immediately jump back up or to pretend you did not fall. Sit down or even lie down on the ground for a while as well as acknowledge and relish the fall. You see acknowledging one’s vulnerabilities is a sign of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-love. Never be afraid to acknowledge the pain.
Panic triggers thoughts and stories that lead to more panic: panic paints worst-case scenarios. Understand that anger, anguish, and angst are normal—even feelings of vengeance are normal and healthy. Let those feelings flow freely. Releasing the energy of stressful (negative) feelings deflates the power of negativity that kidnaps the soul, holding hostage your future.
Remember, your struggles and challenges do not define you, nor do they portend your future.
2. Trust time! Time heals as well as reveals—scars and truths. A life fully lived frequently inhabits a body riddled with scars: embedded with wisdom to open invisible doors to what we most seek. Trust time to heal all wounds; never doubt the power of time as well as your inner power (to heal). Through the power of patience and perseverance, time works its magic.
Rumi once said, ‘The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most powerful characters in this great world are seared with scars. See your scars as a sign of “YES! I MADE IT! I survived, and I have my scars to prove it! And now I have a chance to grow even stronger.’
Trust time to embed your scars with wisdom–your power of choice and the desire to change.
3. Never, ever give up! Think of challenges and obstacles as speed bumps in time meant as signals to:
• Slow down,
• Exercise caution ahead, and
• Pull over and reflect.
My life’s struggles and challenges have been opportunities to rethink my direction or path. Steadfast belief and the power of time, fuel passions to drive one forward and onward.
At a distance loom familiar lights, hints of both nostalgia and deja vu. Trust your instincts to find what you seek.
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. -Rumi