“If there are no ups and downs in your life… it means you are dead.” ~ Unknown …
Some of what we do in life leads us upwards and over mountains; other times it carries us down through the valleys. And as long as we do not stand upon those mountains and try to bask in the glory of success, or sulk in our valleys of failure, disappointment, or defeat, we are doing just fine… for that is what living is all about.
Many of us try to make our lives as easy as possible for ourselves and for those we love. We search exhaustingly for ways around our valleys and mountains so that we may avoid them completely. And although they become difficult, and at times overwhelming, we should not seek to avoid them, for they hold the key to unlocking our true potential. They are markers on our journey through life that serve to offer us a deeper personal understanding of who we are and a more profound meaning for the life we live. They challenge us, they help us understand and define ourselves, and they break down our weaknesses so we can build ourselves back up much stronger.
We need our experiences in life… the ups and the downs. And although at times we may wish that the valleys and hills would come at a different time in our life, the personal growth they have to offer us is priceless and should be treasured.
Take some time to think about how recent ups and downs in your life have contributed positively towards your character.
Questions to consider:
How do you feel after you have successfully made your way through an up or a down in your life?
Could you truly help someone else through a difficult time if you have not gotten through one yourself?
In retrospect, would you still choose to experience the mountains and valleys in your life? Why?
For further thought:
“Life: It’s the ups and downs that make it interesting. A roller coaster without the ups and downs, twists and turns, would be called a train; a form of transportation that gets you from point A to point B, from birth to death. Enjoy the ups and downs.”