Challenges. We all go through them. It’s part of life.Gratitide

Some challenges are harder to deal with than others. Especially if they’re life threatening. To you or someone close to you.

But it’s how you deal with life’s ups and downs which will define you.

You can either shrivel up into a ball, try and shut out the world and hope it’ll all go away. Like the proverbial ostrich burying its head in the sand.

Or you can face it head on and look for the “gifts” or lessons the situation could bring.

It’s the glass half empty or half full.

Every challenge, no matter big or small has within it the seeds of opportunity and growth. You just have to recognise them.

I’m not saying it’s easy when you’re in the middle of it. Far from it.

I remember an interview with a 32 year old who was about to lose her 3 year battle with cancer.

When asked if she had any regrets, her final comment was, “No. I wouldn’t change anything. The illness has helped shape me into a better human being and I’m very happy with the result”.

Ultimately, it all comes down to your attitude and how you perceive what the challenges are trying to teach you. Which is all part of personal and spiritual development.

On that note, here’s a spiritual practice which has come down through the ages.

Ask yourself, “What can I be grateful for?”

No matter what’s happening, there will be things. Focus on those. Not on the negatives.

And no matter how dire the situation, “this too shall pass”.

Finally, remember, “No man is an island”. If you need help to step out from the problem and get other perspectives, get it. A problem shared is a problem halved.

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