Something happened to me last month that provided me with a huge opportunity for growth and I wanted to share my observations with you.
Without going in to detail, I found myself in a situation that was totally out of my control and affected my life greatly. I had 2 choices. I could choose the victim mentality and wallow in the fear associated with finding myself in a new and unexpected situation or I could trust it was all for the best and believe the universe had my back.
When it happened, I felt like someone pulled the ground out from under me and the fear began suffocating me. I had to fight like crazy to keep my head above water so to speak. It’s times like these you realise its all up to you. How you deal with what life throws at you has a ripple effect which can make or break your future.
It was time to practice what I always preach and be gentle with myself. I had to think about all of the things that make me feel really good and do them, so that I could stay strong and beat the fear foe.
Fear is such a huge part of most of our lives. It’s what stops us from doing things we really want to do. It stops us from being the best version of ourselves. It stops us from living the life we imagine. It drives us to make bad decisions and stops us in our tracks sometimes.
It leads us to attract situations into our lives that we don’t want because the focus is on the negative rather than the positive.
Having worked really hard on beating fear in the past (and succeeding), it was concerning to me to be really feeling it again. I mean really feeling it. I wasn’t doing myself or anyone around me any favours but I had to sit with it and feel it before I could fight it. I had to acknowledge what was going on in order to get past it.
One of the most important parts of my lifestyle is exercise, so I took myself outside as often as I could and moved my body. I walked and I ran and I walked and I ran and I focussed on replacing the fear thoughts with positive chants. My mind kept returning to the fear but I just had to keep bringing it back to my chant and with each day, the fear thoughts began to disappear. I replaced them with thoughts of trust and understanding. I had to believe there was a bigger picture at play. If you believe it, it will be true for you.
I also saw the situation as an opportunity to not only be kind to myself but also to be kind to others. I put myself in the shoes of each person involved and asked myself what I would like from the situation if the shoe was on the other foot and did those things.
I understood that everyone is on this earth doing the same thing. We are all trying to look after ourselves and sometimes that means things not going your way. At least that’s what it may appear to look like on the surface. But then I realised, sometimes not getting what you want is a blessing in disguise. If you have faith and surrender to the situation, it certainly can be.
The best way to move forward from it all is to face your fears head on. If you have thoughts going over and over in your head, get them out. Say everything you need to say. As hard as that can be sometimes, it is the only way to stop them from destroying your sense of being and allowing you to move forward with what ‘is’.
Difficulties are opportunities. Without them, we can’t grow. To get comfortable, you must first be uncomfortable, so embrace challenges. I do.
Now what happened doesn’t hurt me anymore. It showed me I have great strength and for that, how could I be anything but grateful?
Love & Light Always,