When I consider the biggest lessons I have learned in life they have been at the times that have provided me with great discomfort. And it has been an opportunity to come out the other side with clarity and understanding.
The fact is that life is always throwing us curve balls whether it be redundancy, a life changing accident, divorce or death. Whatever it is, there is always something to grow from.
20 years ago, I would not have been able to write this, I was on the other side of having cared for a family member for 9 years, my marriage fell to pieces, I become a single mother and I was feeling shame and embarrassment. For several years I was bitter and angry, I felt horrible, I felt incredibly sad and this manifested into panic attacks and anxiety. This was a time of life I was forced to face some pretty ugly demons.
I now look back on this time with gratitude because today I am better for lessons I learned. This has not been my only challenge in life and each time life throws something difficult my way I have learned to greet it, to welcome it and accept the lesson I will learn. I’m not going to lie, it’s not always easy, my God, it can be so so painful and of course these experiences always catch us off guard.
Here are some things that I have learned that are useful.
VIA Character Strengths
Sherly Sandberg Option B
Mood Metre App
YouTube funny videos
Action for Happiness