Written on a day that was significant for me because whilst sad in its own way, it was also the joyful beginning of a new and wonderful path. And that, is something that I am truly grateful for.
I was browsing Pinterest this morning, looking for my usual daily dose of Inspiration/Motivation and I came across a photo that made me really stop and consider my life in a new light momentarily.
It said “If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.”
I couldn’t help but think how true that is. Despite the fact that we are constantly reminded that our problems are miniscule in the grand scheme of what some people are battling on a daily basis, and that even to be alive and healthy defines us as infinitely blessed, for some reason that one simple sentence had a profound impact on me.
The truth is, on a day where I am feeling more than a little sad and overwhelmed by the turn of events in my life over the last 12 months, this unexpected reminder that what I am dealing with, is far preferable to the struggles of others that I know; or know of, enabled me to see my life through fresh eyes and gave me the kick of encouragement I needed.
It was a most welcome and refreshing paradigm shift.
The truth is – the burdens and struggles each of us has been given, are ours for a reason. This is not to say that life does not tend to be cruel and unfair sometimes, as it often can be. However, each and every one of us has had to face heartbreak, despair, difficulty and challenges as is part and parcel of the human condition.
The idea of swapping my troubles for those of someone else gave me a complete appreciation for my own life, because ultimately what I realized is – I can handle this. I got it. What a liberating realization.
I wouldn’t want the problems and burdens of someone else, as in fact, mine really aren’t that bad in comparison.
I may have my moments, and sometimes life seems too hard, from time to time I wonder why certain things have happened to me.
That doesn’t change the fact, that I know that I am cut out for this journey. Otherwise, it would not be mine.
I realised that I can survive those moments mentioned above, and that in addition to those sad times, the hard times, the disappointment and pain, there are also the most magical and beautiful moments of joy, freedom, appreciation, love and hope.
They are the moments I choose to hold onto, and understand that the only way for me to truly feel and appreciate them, is to experience the other side of the coin too.
There is no pleasure without pain, no high without low, and no success without failure.
They all go hand in hand, and if you can learn to see them all in the same light, as synergetic forces weaving the intricate pattern of your life’s tapestry to form your own unique and beautiful story, it enables you to change the perspective you have on your own life.
Every failure, every heartache, every embarrassment, every disappointment, is actually just one step in the sequence of steps that you must take in order to feel the full gamut of emotions and experiences that come with being human, and existing in this life. It is what makes us real.
I can appreciate every moment, for what it offers me whether it be a gift, a lesson, a chance to prove or improve my character, an opportunity for the truth to come to light.
Above all, I choose to believe in good. I choose to have faith and I hang onto the mindset that light and truth will prevail.
So today, rather than feeling sorry for myself, rather than feel sad or disappointed or anxious, I choose to see this one day as a stepping stone into what I know will be a beautiful and abundant future, and I am so very grateful for that.