“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” ~William Ellery Channing …
Well this certainly is a very positive and helpful way to look at the difficulties in our lives–as a means to rouse and strengthen our spirits. How often do I find myself looking negatively at my difficulties, perhaps becoming a bit discouraged and looking for an easy way out? Each time I do so, I miss out on so much of the potential available to me in life.
Just as a rose has thorns… life has many difficulties. But unless we are to accept the thorns of life, and look beyond the potential pain and misery, we will altogether miss experiencing the beauty and potential that is available to us.
Of course, accepting the difficulties in our lives is no easy decision to make. Often times it means leaving our comfort zones–perhaps placing a bit of faith in our abilities or in a higher power. But in doing so–in finding our higher self–we allow ourselves the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and how we deal with adversity, and we allow ourselves to grow and develop our faith in God and in life.
Every day can be a never-ending battle to avoid difficulty… or it can be journey to find happiness, peace, and fulfillment. At times, the journey may be tough… but in the end… perhaps that is what makes it all worthwhile.
Approach a difficulty you are faced with today with a peaceful assurance that you will overcome it.
Questions to consider:
How do you see the difficulties in your life? Is this a positive or negative view?
Are we able to grow strong without conflict?
Think of someone in your life who possesses a strong spirit. How do they approach conflict?
For further thought:
“When we long for life without difficulty, remind us that oaks grow strong under contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” ~Peter Marshall