A loved one passes away. We suffer a financial setback. Our marriage hits the rocks. We are diagnosed with a serious, maybe life-threatening illness. Our children struggle.
All too often, we lament “Why me?” or “It’s not fair!” We look around and it seems like everyone else is doing fine. Why do we have to endure this terrible hardship?
We have to endure this hardship because we are human. Inevitably, we all go through tough times. Nobody escapes it.
When we tell ourselves it’s not fair and ask why me, we deny our humanity and increase our suffering.
But when we embrace our humanity, we realize tough times are part of life. We shift our focus from feeling sorry for ourselves to figuring out how we can seek support to help us navigate these difficult times. We shift from being a victim to taking charge of our lives.
Can you embrace your humanity the next time the going gets tough?