The other evening I had a moment to chat with a young friend. This person needed to share the burden of some personal problems and wanted to seek my advice.
In the course of the conversation it became apparent that my young friend was placing far too much importance on what, in the end, was a rather trivial situation. To explain the difference I shared a few of the things I had experienced in my personal life.
My friend was somewhat shocked. “Why do these bad things happen to us?” She asked.
“To make us stronger,” I smiled.
I explained to her that while the experiences I’d had were traumatic, I had gained priceless knowledge with each event:
- I realized what mistakes had led to
- I uncovered areas of myself that I needed to change.
- I learned how to work through my problems and resolve troubling situations, and
- I discovered that I was capable of surviving anything that Life decided to toss my way.
In hindsight, the traumas of my past have not only benefited me; they have helped others as well. Those experiences inspired my desire to show others that they were not alone in their struggles. While I may have had to feel my way out of darkness alone, I ended up creating the beacon of this blog to help light the way for others facing their own personal darkness.
That alone has made everything I’ve experienced worthwhile.
It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter what you’re facing. Regardless of how things seem there is someone out there who has faced far worse and rose to the challenge.
Remember that the next time you feel as if your l
So take a deep breath and relax. Step back from the situation for a moment and think about it critically. Realize that it’s not as bad as it appears to be.
Then form a plan to resolve the situation, pull up your big kid panties, and get to work.
You’re going to be okay.