“I am so grateful for my troubles. As I reflect back on my life, I have come to realize that my greatest triumphs have been born of my greatest troubles.” ~ Steve Maraboli …
For the majority of us, looking favorably at our troubles can be quite an undertaking. All too often, they are the cause of our pains, suffering, grief, and misery, and it can be easy to focus on these negative aspects of our difficulties when they overwhelm us. But are the troubles we are faced with truly troubles… or are they lessons in life that offer us potential for growth and success?
When I really stop to think about it, nearly all of my greatest triumphs have been born from my troubles. Perhaps that is because they offered to me something to overcome, something that challenged me to become something greater, stronger. Of course, not everyone sees trouble in the same fashion. Losing a limb might seem like the worst possible tragedy in the world to some individuals, as they would be unable to participate physically in the things that they love or are accustomed to doing. To others, it might be a setback or a hardship, something that means they must make changes in their lives to continue. And to a select few, it may be an opportunity for adventure–a chance to overcome adversity, valiantly conquer the difficulties they are faced with, and experience positive growth and change.
What troubles are you facing in your life? What is your perspective on them? Can your spiritual issues strengthen your faith? Can your financial issues push you to master your finances? Can your relationship issues lead you to a greater understanding of your needs and the needs of those around you? Can your emotional issues help you to empathize and feel genuine concern for the sufferings of your fellow man?
Find a sense of gratitude for some of the troubles in your life.
Questions to consider:
Why do we generally look at the adversity in our lives in a negative fashion?
Why do so many individuals hold back from embracing adversity?
What is the relationship between adversity and fear? How might we overcome these fears?
For further thought:
“Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher