Mahatma Gandhi once said “Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.”
When we are faced with trails in our life, how do we respond to them? Do we toss our hands in the air and huff away in frustration or do you spend time considering your tough place so that you can grow & learn from it?
Often, we try to demand answers for our life’s struggles. We want to know WHY. Why am I always struggling to pay the bills? Why did my dog chew up my shoes? Why am I faced with car trouble? Why does this always happen? Why is my life so hard?
These things, these moments don’t just happen to you. They happen to EVERYONE. And yes, sometimes timing isn’t great but it’s a part of life. Everyone struggles at some point. (Some just handle it without typing up posts all over social media about it.)
What if, we find a place to accept our struggles as lessons for our life. What if we consider them as opportunities to learn from rather than bad things that fill our lives?
I used to reside in a place where each time there was some sort of trauma in my life, I jumped on the self pity train. I would hang the sign on my life that said “Woe is me” and tell EVERYONE about said bad thing that happened. At the time, I felt like it was what we were supposed to do in order to connect with people. Now though, I have come to realize that I don’t want to connect with others through sadness and despair. I want to join them in positive living. Happiness.
Changing my habit didn’t take rocket science either. I didn’t need therapy. I simply had to bring an awareness to the words that came out of my mouth..or from my fingertips and make the choice to CHANGE.
I challenge you today to THINK about what words you are sending out into the Universe. If you notice that you are stuck in the pity party train or focusing more on the negative in your life, SHIFT your intentions. Allow yourself to be accountable for the negative in your life and then shift your focus onto the good. It’s there. I promise you. It may currently be buried under family drama, bills, a broken car…but there IS good to see.
Verbalize THAT. Share how thankful you are, even if that gratitude seems small right now. Allow it to be the focus and your life will begin to change.
If you have a moment, let me know how you are planning to shift toward a more positive life TODAY. Now.