For the past few months, I’ve really been pondering the fact many of the things that happen in my life feel WAY beyond my control. At times, I even find myself unhappy and throwing myself a pity party as if I have no control of anything in my life.
But what I really know to be true is this: I always have control over my response.
One of my favorite books is “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John C. Maxwell (you know how you have books that are SO GOOD you have to buy extra copies and give them to people you love? This is one of those books for me)
One of the many, MANY, things I have underlined in this book is the following:
He then goes on to say:
“When we have bad experiences do we become BETTER or BITTER?” -John C. Maxwell
In truth, our happiness in life depends on the choice we make when we are at the crucial fork in the road of choosing between becoming bitter or better.
Becoming bitter is often a knee jerk reaction when something does not go as we hoped or planned. Yet when we are confronted with difficult situations, I’d like to make a suggestion:
Let’s work on changing our paradigm and instead of seeing difficult situations as challenges, we see them as opportunities for growth (this is one of my favorite topics).
As crazy as it sounds, we really should be grateful for the challenges we face.
Why do I say this? Because challenges are always given to teach us. And once we have learned from our challenges, it then becomes our job to apply the wisdom.
To become better.