“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, “I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.” ~ Ann Landers …
This is truly some useful advice, however, I believe it could be taken even further: perhaps it should also be said that when trouble comes, do not even see it as something that is trying to defeat you; instead, see it as an opportunity to grow, to develop, to become something better and stronger than you previously were. For in truth, trouble does not come into our lives to try to ruin us or to make our days miserable. Rather, it is an inevitable part of our time here on Earth that can help us to grow and to thrive if we only allow it the chance.
In actuality, a life without troubles sounds rather simple and dull. There would be no need for me to increase my skills and abilities, and my analytical and problem-solving skills would lie unused somewhere deep inside me. Without trouble, I would never learn how to overcome obstacles, and some of my most important accomplishments would never have come to be.
Of course, there is no need to embrace troubles as if they are our friends. They are more like the stepping-stones necessary for us to cross the river without falling in and being swept downstream. It is important that we keep in mind how beneficial they can be for us if we let them challenge us. When we see our troubles as challenges, they become opportunities for growth, and that subtle shift in perspective can be all that is necessary for us to face anything that happens to us in life.
“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life…” for it will come. Some of the times it will be more challenging and demanding of us than others are; that is ok, be strong. For those troubles are bound to intensify if we see them as something that is here to harm us or test us, or even worse, a hopeless endeavor. Our troubles can be a significant part of our story in life if we can simply learn to see the value that they are bringing.
See the troubles you are faced with in life as challenges that offer you growth.
Questions to consider:
Why do we often let troubles take away our peace of mind?
What are some of good things that have resulted from any past troubles you have faced? What potential opportunities might troubles bring to you now and in the near future?
How can we learn to shift our perspective on the troubles in our lives?
For further thought:
“Let us not see today’s troubles as a reason to give up; let us see them as an opportunity for God to deliver.” ~ Dillon Burroughs, Hunger No More