No one can possibly deny the fact that life will always be presenting us with new challenges and obstacles that test our patience, resolve, and attitude. Sometimes these challenges are relatively small, such as those bad days when everything seems to be going wrong (you get a flat tire, you’re running late to an important meeting, etc.). Sometimes, the obstacles that life throws our way can be a bit more serious and trying, such as a rejection, a death in the family, or a sudden injury or illness.
During these times of hardship, it can absolutely be tempting to want to throw in the towel. It is understandable why so many people tend to adopt a cynical and bitter attitude when the going gets rough, because it can be difficult to find any sort of bright spot during these dark times. Still, given the only thing we can control is ourselves, it makes sense that the best course of action during times of hardship and stress is to adjust our attitude so that we can reach a better place.
One of the most important things to keep in mind during a difficult time is that you will inevitably learn something from it. Viewing a challenge as a learning experience rather than a pointless obstacle is a helpful way to find value in your situation.
As you begin to confront the challenge, it may help to visualize what you will look like (metaphorically) on the other side of the obstacle. Imagine the relief you will feel when you have worked past the issue, and the pride you’ll experience as you reflect on being able to survive an upsetting period of life.
Personally, I always remind myself that only when we have experienced true sorrow are we able to experience true happiness as well. In this way, the hardships of life can be turned into a somewhat positive experience.
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