We have all experienced discouragement, sometimes to despair. These feelings are part of life. Without obstacles and disappointments, our souls would not learn and grow. When I look back on my own difficult challenges, I would not want to do them over. But when I evaluate the growth in myself, it is tremendous. I am grateful for those soul lessons. I am stronger because of them.
When we are struggling in darkness, it can be difficult to see light. Other people can extend a loving hand, either with a different perspective, or, hands-on assistance. But in the end, we must own our inner journey. It is ours, and it is we who develop the fortitude and mindset to deal with whatever life throws at us.
During one particularly tough time for me, focusing on gratitude helped tremendously. That’s right! Really seeing and acknowledging all of the blessings, big and small, that surrounded me. And I built on that. It created a positive mindset, in which I could then conceive of hope and possibilities and solutions.
Light begets light, and that which we focus on expands.
Here is a good article about how seemingly small, simple actions can bring us closer to happiness: 10 Simple Ways to Find Happiness
“If seeds despaired in their darkest hours, they would never rise to enjoy their brightest days.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo
“Challenges are part of life. Overcoming them makes you a stronger person.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita
“A quick way to overcome your despair… is to go out and help someone else overcome theirs!” ~ Timothy Pina
“Don’t let fear conquer you.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita
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