Ripples #927: Celebrating Struggle!
Feb 27, 2017
The tests of life are to make you, not break you.
-Norman Vincent Peale, shared by Tom in Jefferson, WI
It is okay to be at a place of struggle. Struggle is just another word for growth. Even the most evolved beings find themselves in a place of struggle now and then. In fact, struggle is a sure sign to them that they are expanding; it is their indication of real and important progress. The only one who doesn’t struggle is the one who doesn’t grow. So if you are struggling right now, see it as a terrific sign — celebrate your struggle.
-Neale Donald Walsch, shared by Cody in Lakewood, WA
I’m sorry if you’re struggling right now, but I’m also kind of excited for you. As tough as things are at this particular moment, I’m guessing that if you can summon the strength and courage to continue on a bit longer, all kinds of rewards are eagerly waiting for you at the finish line (or at the next break station if your current struggle is more of a marathon!).
If you’re been on overdrive for too long, you may need to rest up and perhaps even ask for some help. And for goodness sakes, don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help….we sometimes forget that seeking assistance is a sign of character strength and a *not* an indication of weakness or meekness.
Lastly, remember just how strong you are! Past struggles often temporarily tucker us out for a short time but ultimately leave us tougher and wiser. Keeping this in mind makes it easier to identify reasons to celebrate the struggles we’re facing today.
The Ripples Guy
P.S. If this issue finds you in a good place right now, and you’re not significantly struggling, I have TWO favors to ask: First, spend a little time pondering struggles you’ve endured in the past few years and congratulate yourself on moving through them. Secondly, perhaps you can keep an eye out for someone in your life who IS struggling mightily at this time and go out of your way to give them a hand. Even a simple note to let them know that you’re aware of the difficulty they are facing can help someone feel less alone.