“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” ~Gregory S. Williams
Life’s storms may not be pleasant, but when we face them head-on, we always come out the other side stronger and more resilient.
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“You build inner strength through embracing the totality of your experience, both the delightful parts and the difficult parts. Embracing the totality of your experience is one definition of having loving-kindness for yourself.” ~Pema Chödrön
It’s so tempting to try to reject the difficult parts of ourselves, our lives, and our experiences, but learning to embrace all of who we are and what we experience (even as we may work to change it) is a much more self-compassionate way of being that leads to wholeness rather than living in constant rejection of parts of our reality.
“The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napoleon Hill
Like an oak tree, we grow stronger by having faced life’s challenges. That’s one of the many forms that our kintsugi gold can take.
“Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” ~Lao Tzu
It so often feels easier to try to control others in order to create the life we want, but true power and maximum control over the life we create comes from learning to master ourselves instead. Where would you benefit from shifting your focus from trying to control others in your life to learning to master yourself?
“Whatever we avoid weakens us. Whatever we face strengthens us.” ~Jennifer Kass
How do you deal with the difficult challenges that life brings your way?
What about the difficult emotions that arise with those challenges?
Do you face them or avoid them?
Facing them may be harder in the moment, but it strengthens us in the long term to be more able to handle future challenges.