‘They’ say life is less about what happens to us, than how we respond to it, and that our attitude affects outcomes. I believe in these principles and have often written about the same.
Put a smile on our face, respond with equal parts humility, forgiveness, gratitude and surrender, and all will be fine.
Only sometimes it isn’t.
Sometimes the battles we fight in our life;
Those people, events and circumstances that push us to the brink of our sanity and sense of self-worth;
Those moments that challenge our faith, our courage, and our self-respect, leaving us stripped of our strength and without hope, but for our carefully crafted facade of false smiles and false faith;
Sometimes these moments are about more than what meets the superficial eye.
Sometimes these battles without, are simply reflections or manifestations of a larger battle within.
Struggle with pride, for example, and life will find a way to humiliate you.
Struggle with jealousy and resentment, and you’ll discover little to be grateful for.
Struggle with fear, and life will most assuredly validate your fears, enabling you to stay stuck in the depths of your own shadows.
So how do we grow beyond these struggles? How do we cultivate an attitude or response that enables us to grow through life’s inevitable challenges, instead of allowing them to defeat us? How can we create a different outcome — one that enables us to live more fully, allowing love, peace and joy their rightful place in our lives?
We must be willing to fight our battles within if we hope to win the battles without.
We must be willing to slay our own demons before demonizing those who would battle with us.
We must be willing to challenge our own assumptions and question those stories we tell ourselves and others.
We must be willing to meet ourselves where we are and as we are — with grace, love, compassion, and forgiveness — to stand fully naked in our own truth before we can begin to advance forward.
How have the events of your life reflected inner truths that you’d rather avoid? How has self-awareness enabled you to grow? What blind spots have you discovered within that when confronted and addressed, enabled you to live more fully without?