Hard times, who hasn’t experienced them? I’m sure we all had our fair share of it and I have yet to meet a person who is a fan of such times. But I do believe we can work on altering the way we perceive these times. How…how about this…
Have you ever looked back, years later and realized that all the hardship you endured was actually a blessing in disguise? That the universe had your back all along, regardless of how hard it seemed back then and how little sense it made. I’ve had such moments a few times by now. Looking back and remembering the pain, but also feeling more at peace with the outcome, to the point I’m even glad things turned out the way they did.
What if we learn to let go of all the resistance and allow life to strengthen us? If we somehow learned to hold our head up and kept going, no matter how much it hurt? Perhaps it is much easier to realize in hindsight, after the trauma has unfolded and we don’t find ourselves in the midst of it, overwhelmed. But what if we could remember this lesson when we are having a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, or even a crappy year? Wouldn’t we do ourselves a favor by doing so and wouldn’t we avoid a lot of headache and heartache for ourselves? Is it even possible? I know I haven’t always followed this, but I would like to think that in forgiving myself, I have always done the best I could at that particular time and with the learned resources at hand. Still it hurt and I went through the heartache and the headache. Maybe I didn’t see it as a blessing in disguise and therefore my perception could not embrace such a concept.
Truth be told that sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are those our souls and spirit needs the most, whether we are ready or not. How could our past ever be a mistake if we learned from it? So take all the crazy experiences and lessons and place them in a box labeled “Thank you.” Make peace with the past, appreciate the lessons, learn from it and set your current moment, your now and your future self free.
Inspired by the writings of Manisha Shrestha Bundela