Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tough Stuff is Part of the Deal

We all go through ups and downs in life. The "downs" can be very frustrating and troublesome. Yet, it is all part of life. There is no way around it.

I believe that our tough experiences grow and develop us - both psychologically and spiritually. They are the lessons we go through that turn us into the people we were born to be.

Many times our challenges and trials tap into our faith and strength in a way that we could simply not do any other way. It's like weight lifting. Lifting weights strengthens our muscles and cultivates strength in us. We are able to do more with the newly developed strength than we did before.

It's the same with the character and inner strength that we develop when we go through trials and tribulations. We cultivate resilience and wisdom as we learn to endure the difficult parts of life. We are then able to handle things with more confidence and less struggle in the future.

Fighting the fact that 'tough stuff' exists is futile. It's unavoidable for all of us. We can learn to 'lean in' to our challenges, face them squarely and build inner capabilities that will serve us well, all the days of our life.

When tough times hit us, we're not being picked on. We are being grown and cultivated to be more of who we were born to be.