“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
– Napoleon Hill
Right now, the world is going through an unprecedented & immensely challenging time.
Nothing quite like this crisis has ever happened in the history of humanity. And this it has rocked the world to its core.
When dealing with any challenge, let alone one of this sheer magnitude, we ultimately have two choices: To admit defeat and let it overcome us or to use it as fuel to step closer to becoming the best version of ourselves.
It’s seemingly impossible to keep a positive & hopeful outlook when it all looks so bleak. Yet, it’s important to remember that even the darkest of times bring an opportunity for us to rise up and dare I say – thrive.
Years ago, I came across one powerful question that Oprah Winfrey had shared during one of her shows. It really ‘stuck’ with me and have helped me ‘to make lemonade out of lemons’ during difficult times. That question is:
“What are you here to teach me?”
While it’s simple, it’s quite powerful. By asking this question, you’re essentially reflecting upon the lessons that can be learned from the situation.
If you’re open to answering it honestly, it can significantly shift your perspective. You’ll be able to see any obstacle or hardship as an opportunity for growth.
The answer(s) will certainly vary from person to person and it’ll also vary depending on each circumstance. But for the sake of this post (and the current situation), some answers that may arise include:
“I’ve been taking what I’ve already been blessed with for granted, I need to express more love & gratitude for my blessings.”
“No matter our background or beliefs, we’re not different after all. We’re all human & are essentially one. We need to be kinder to each other.”
When the going gets tough, I know that it’s incredibly hard to think that anything good can come out of it. You may not see it now, but perhaps someday you will look back, and know exactly why it had to happen.
As Steve Jobs said “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
I invite you to reflect upon and use the question above to spark some much needed light & positivity amidst the chaos.
Have faith, and remain hopeful that this too shall pass.
Till then, I leave you with this prayer…May we all be able to come out of this crisis, stronger, kinder, and better than when we entered it. 🙏