Life never stops life-ing and yet we somehow find ourselves getting surprised every time it life's at us in unexpected ways. Sometimes it's a giant curveball totally out of nowhere and other times it was a slow build that we either were too blind to see or chose to ignore. (I've done both of these things 🙃.)
Ever find yourself doing this...at yourself?
How often do we look at our lives and think something along the lines of "Man, I wish things would calm down" or "Life is always punching me right in the face!" or "Why does this shit always happen to me?!"
Personally, when I get real with myself, I've noticed that there have been times that I'll get stuck in a state of "poor me" and find myself feeling a little better when I tell my story to someone and get sympathy, appreciating the little gasps elicited from telling a particularly harrowing part of my tales.
Don't act like you haven't found yourself doing this, too. You ain't fooling anyone, friend.
I mean we all need to vent and be heard. But how many times have we vented about the same thing over and over again while hardly doing anything about it? Telling ourselves the story that we don't have any control. Telling ourselves the story that it's someone else's fault or the world or whatever.
Are all the stories you're telling yourself true?
I heard something interesting when I was listening in on the Own Your Future Challenge by Dean Graziosi and Tony Robbins the other day. It was something along the lines of "Not poor me...built me" and that stuck with me. Things happen and feeling the feels is necessary. Sometimes even a little pity party must be had for a time. A short time. But ya can't live there if you actually want things to be different.
What if all of our struggles were opportunities for us to learn how to do better rather than soak in the suckiness of our situation?
What if it was an exercise in thinking outside the box, finding more ways to be resourceful, or learning to improve our mindset?
What if life was trying to show us how powerful we can actually be and giving us the option to become the light that someone else needs along their own journey?
Whatever challenge you may be facing today ask yourself...
"What is this teaching me? How is this building me into the higher version of myself?"
It will require you digging deep within yourself and being *painfully* honest. You'll likely bring things you don't want to see to light, but that's where you take your power back.
So, next time life punches you in the face, as it inevitably will, pick yourself up, give yourself some love, and be ready to learn.