“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength” ~ Dalai Lama
I am someone who’s had her fair share of tragedies in life. A house fire, debilitating surgery, divorce, job loss and financial problems are just a few of them. At the time of each of these events I could’ve done any number of things, including self destructive habits. A couple of times I actually did fall into self destructive habits, but after some time, I rose above the mess. Each time that I rose up to meet the challenge, I learned and grew a little more.
I’ve found that there are 2 kinds of people in life. Those who are dealt a lousy hand in life but rise up to the challenge, and those who don’t. Those who thrive on challenges and those who don’t. Those who grow from life’s ups and downs and those who don’t. The ones who don’t step up to these challenges and instead resign themselves to a lousy life are denying themselves opportunities to grow in life and find the little miracles that may happen. They have a defeatist attitude and claim they are victims the rest of their lives.
Life wouldn’t be complete without having a tragedy or 2 to knock us off our game. Some people think to themselves that they are being punished by some vengeful God. They think they are victims of circumstance and quit trying to rise above the bad things that happen.
Thought for the day: The next time your back is up against a wall because of some tragic event, choose to overcome that challenge and watch yourself grow.
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