Befriending trouble

Make trouble your friend

“Trouble creates a capacity to handle it…meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

What would it mean for you to meet trouble as a friend—as something that will expand your capacity to problem solve and deal with challenges—instead of as an enemy there to defeat you?

Can you feel how much that changes things?

 

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Trust the process

“Grapes must be crushed to make wine. Diamonds form under pressure. Olives must be pressed to release oil. Seeds grow in darkness. Whenever you feel crushed, under pressure, pressed or in darkness, you’re transforming. Trust the process.” ~Lalah Delia

When challenges come our way and our life as we have known it is crumbling before our eyes, it often feels like the end of the world for us. It’s easy to let fear take control in moments like these. Recognizing that these are moment of transformation makes it easier to face the fear, have courage, and trust the process to lead us into new beginnings.

 

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Let it nurture you

Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will.” ~Cheryl Strayed

I love this idea of taking ownership of whatever happens to me. I may not have chosen it. I may not have any control over it. I may not like it. But I can choose to digest it to make sure it nurtures me and feeds my growth anyway.

 

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