We all experienced discouragement, and some of us even despair, in this peculiar year called 2020. This year was not “normal”, but in fact these feelings are always part of life. Perhaps it was heightened because we were feeling it collectively and globally. Every person we encountered became a potential mirror for our inner landscape.
We may not all recognize it yet, but the silver lining is that 2020 was a year of extreme soul growth. Our souls use obstacles and disappointments to learn and grow. When I look back at the most difficult challenges over my lifetime, I would not want to do them over. But when I evaluate the growth in myself, it has been tremendous. I am grateful for those soul lessons. I am stronger because of them.
When we are struggling in darkness, it can be difficult to see light. Other people can extend a loving hand, either with a different perspective, or, hands-on assistance. But in the end, we must own our inner journey. It is ours. It is we who develop the fortitude and mindset to deal with whatever life throws at us.
During one particularly tough time in my life, focusing on gratitude helped tremendously. That’s right! Really seeing and acknowledging all of the blessings, big and small, that surrounded me. I built on that. It created a positive mindset, in which I could then conceive of hope and possibilities and solutions.
Light begets light, and that which we focus on expands.
This Psychology Today article outlines small, simple actions that can bring us closer to happiness: 10 Simple Ways to Find Happiness
“If seeds despaired in their darkest hours, they would never rise to enjoy their brightest days.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo
“Challenges are part of life. Overcoming them makes you a stronger person.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita
“A quick way to overcome your despair… is to go out and help someone else overcome theirs!” ~ Timothy Pina
“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
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Grow Your Soul © Susan L Hart 2020