Change can be grueling. But by being grueling, it unearths the very best in us – our latent courage, patience, humility, determination, empathy, and compassion.
– Bo Lozoff, “It’s A Meaningful Life”
Often, gut-wrenching change is thrust upon us. We suffer the death of a parent, spouse or friend. Our business suffers a downturn. We are diagnosed with a debilitating illness. Our spouse unexpectedly asks for a divorce.
We are thrown off balance; we feel disoriented. We wonder how we will survive.
We, however, do more than survive. We thrive. We uncover personal strengths we hardly knew existed. After suffering the initial blow, we resiliently move forward with courage and determination. We form close connections with friends and family. Our struggles open our eyes to seeing those around us with humility, empathy and compassion.
Adversity and gut-wrenching change are a part of life. Nobody wants to experience it; nobody can avoid it.
Adversity, however, opens the door for us to build a better life. When we overcome challenging times, we understand the depth of our strength and resilience. We realize that we can handle whatever adversity comes our way. We face the future with confidence.
And when we face the future with confidence while acknowledging how strong and powerful we really are, we can accomplish amazing things.
It is the struggle that makes us strong.