Many of us have a great deal to be thankful for.
We know this.
We know that having our health is a supreme blessing. We realize that a roof over our heads and food on the table is nothing to take for granted. It is quite likely that if you are reading this, your standard of living is greater than a large percentage of the world's population.
But in the midst of blessings can be challenge. Challenge that can make it hard to see what we have to be grateful for.
We all have to deal with issues such as divorce, illness (in ourselves or a loved one), financial challenge, issues with our family members, stress on the job etc.
Many time these are circumstances are beyond our control. Often times, the only thing we get to control is our reaction to the chaos, and the meaning or power we give it.
For example, the ending of a marriage could mean to one person that men or women can't be trusted and that marriage equals pain and loss; while another person sees the lesson in the experience, chooses to grow and becomes a better person as a result.
A failure in business could lead one person to think that they are not smart enough or the world is out to rip them off, while another commits to try harder, learn more and work smarter next time.
No doubt that there are times in life which challenge you to your core. The dark night of the soul can be enough to make you think you're crazy for trying to be strong and move forward.
But as in nature, our lives unfold in cycles. Spring follows winter and day follows night. And so it is with you as well.
Keeping your eyes on where you want to go, rather than your current challenges makes the journey through the dark an opportunity to grow as a person, as well as enabling you to find solutions and opportunities which someone wringing their hands in a corner will not see.
Stay strong, be brave, honor your journey, rest when you need to, treat your mind and body with respect (contrary to popular belief, overeating and drinking alcohol excessively are not tools to make things better, but rather increases suffering long term).
Reach out to mentors, books, uplifting podcasts...anything to help you make the shift from thinking you have no control to taking the reigns and moving forward in the direction you choose.
Here are just a few resources that have helped me through many a challenging time. I'm constantly reading, listening and learning about ways to improve all aspects of life. It tends to leave little time for the negativity to creep in.
YMCA (where I started)
Lifetime Fitness (where I am now)
Core Power Yoga (can't say enough good things about this place...stepping up and finding your strength in a big way came from practicing regularly at CP for me)
Find what resonates with you. What makes you happy, feel better and regain your strength...find it then DO IT every day and watch how fast you move from challenge to triumph!
Kim Peterson is the Founder and CEO of CommonSenseHealth.org. Since 2009, CSH has been helping to establish an online presence while generating leads and sales for clients worldwide.
Kim has built a network of 150,000 + highly engaged subscribers, fans, for herself and hundreds of thousands more for clients; and speaks on how to build relationships online in such a way that will dramatically improve your (and your team’s) overall results while opening doors to opportunities you never knew existed!
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