I recently read a very good post on marcandangel.com by Marc Chernoff: “8 Things to Remember When Everything Goes Wrong.”
Chernoff points out that no matter how bad things seem to be, there is always something to be thankful for. These are a few key points from his article:
- Pain is part of growing
“Sometimes life closes doors because it’s time to move forward,” Chernoff says. “And that’s a good thing because we often won’t move unless circumstances force us to.” Nothing good and lasting comes without great effort. We can learn from our challenges. As Eckhart Tolle says, our biggest obstacles give us depth, humility and compassion.
- Your scars are symbols of your strength
Our scars are reminders of overcoming hardships that life has thrown at us. I know in my own life the things that I thought might kill me truly did make me stronger. Though they were very trying at the time, hindsight allows me to look back and be grateful that they happened. Once I got back up, the challenges pushed me forward. I look at my inner and outer scars with pride. “8 Things…” explains: “A scar means the hurt is over and the wound is closed. It means you conquered the pain, learned a lesson, grew stronger, and moved forward.”
Chernoff also includes a wonderful quote from Rumi: ‘The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
- The best thing you can do is to keep going
Quitting is not an option. All things will pass in time, so continue to put one foot in front of the other when life is at it’s worse. Better days are ahead. Chernoff says to “remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right.” Quite frankly, when things are easy, we aren’t growing.
**Please check out Marc Chernoff’s full article: http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/01/08/8-things-to-remember-when-everything-goes-wrong/