The Burden of Thriving in Troubled Times

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Life is amazingly persistent at teaching us salient lessons along the way. We may not always clearly recognize them, but, if you slow down, be still and let go during times that have something to teach you, there is much to be learned.

“The problem is you think you have time” -Buddha

Sometimes it takes a tragic major life event to shake things up and break the routine just enough to help us rethink our world. What seems like tragedy may actually be an opportunity. Growing and making the best in the aftermath of a terrible loss will not change what has already happened. Using a dark time as a springboard into better times will pay homage and honor those who have been hurt or lost. When faced with any type of personal tragedy you always have a choice.

Often the most essential lessons about ourselves are presented in the most somber times. These are times when we stop and reevaluate our lives, our purpose and our plan. We feel heavy and burdened, not ready to take on any of life’s obligations. And just like learning, we all grieve in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to experience a loss just as their is no right or wrong way to learn a lesson. Life has a way of being gently abrasive. Life will find a way, but we all have the choice to absorb it independently, in our own way. The point is always to just internalize it in the end. Whatever you think the lesson is, it is. Being able to see the opportunity for growth means you are on the right track.

Troubling or challenging times is the perfect juncture to question dogma. Be brave and grow in the face of hardship. Experience profound movement in times of struggle. No need to be a hero, just be one for yourself, quietly, in your private moments.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MommyTheorist
    Dec 22, 2014 @ 19:52:05

    This is so on target and timely. I just supported my husband through the loss of his older sister (she was 49). I’m proud of how I rose to the challenge of caring for our children, while he was away caring for his mom and sister. We also got closer through the ordeal, and our relationship achieved new depths–a permanent deepening of our love & marriage.

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    • drakejamie
      Dec 22, 2014 @ 20:14:08

      I’m sorry for your loss, my condolences to your family. We’ve also had a loss and it makes you really take stock in so many ways. Thanks for your support!

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