In my deepest challenges, I have found my greatest strength. When I was an engineer in a small group years ago the work was challenging, but manageable. When I was promoted to systems engineer coordinating the 777 airplane displays program between Honeywell and Boeing, that stretched me!
I learned to lead. I learned to juggle various people’s needs. I learned to withstand harsh criticism and judgment and still do the right thing, rather than being a people pleaser. I learned a physical and emotional fortitude I didn’t know I had. By the time I finally heard the voices telling me to turn in my resignation, although I was scared, I knew I could handle the unknown.
When an angry, jealous, yet powerful soul hurled spiritual and physical attacks my way several years ago I learned to love even those who hate me… and learned that in that kind of soul love, no darkness could penetrate my loving energy. It was a victory for my soul.
When I faced life threatening physical issues, I learned the power of the mind, and to treasure this gift of life.
When people I loved turned on me, betrayed me, maligned my character, and/or left me, I learned to turn to the One Source of Love and to find strength in knowing and loving who I am. It gave me the courage to love beyond illusions.
The challenges in life are not there to hurt us.
They are there to reveal the areas where we are already hurt and feel disconnected with love so we can find our way back to truth and wholeness. If we can see them that way, good will always result.
Even my broken toe is a gift. I’m being forced to slow down and realign my posture which has been off for years! I’ve prayed about this. The angels kept telling me it would take me slowing down, walking consciously, and focusing. Well I didn’t. And now, with the broken toe, I am. Since I used mind power and energy to get rid of the throbbing right after I broke it, it serves its purpose well without undue pain. If I remain slow and focused there is no pain. If I walk off kilter, it hurts. It is yet one more blessing in disguise.
So while I’m certainly working to create through greater joy, challenges still happen, and good will always come.
Love, no matter how long it takes, always wins… if we let it.
Here are some pointers to navigate life’s challenges and get to the love…
1. Mine for gold….
Veins of gold grow in hard rocks, and veins of love grow in tough life situations. Don’t ask, “Why me? Why now?” instead ask, “How can I bring love into this right here and right now? What good can come from this?” Refer to the newsletter on turning challenges into opportunities.
2. Resist the urge to play victim… and remember you’re a student
This one is tough, but you can do it! First go ahead and allow yourself some very human reactions. Feel your frustration, fear, anger, or upset, then ask for what you really want – comfort, kindness, help, assistance.
Then, after blowing off steam, crying, venting, or doing what you need to do to be human, remind yourself that you are a powerful creator. The challenges in your life are only here to help you find something stronger, better, more abundant, or more loving inside of yourself. They lead you to a greater truth. What can you learn?
As the angels instructed us this week, ask a potentially life changing question,“Love, how are you trying to reveal yourself more deeply in my life as a result of this challenge?
3. Face the challenge head on
We’re wired to fight or flight when challenged. It is in our biology. You will have those twinges. But before you withdraw, fight back, give up, snap in anger, or do any of the other fight/flight behaviors, take a deep breath.
Spend several minutes breathing slowly and deeply to calm the nervous system. Tell yourself, “This challenge is here for a reason. I am not and never will be alone. I am working with the creator of universes and a band of angels. We can handle this even if I don’t yet know how. This could be the best thing that ever happened…”
Then, as the angels always suggest, imagine and feel your desired outcome, do what you know to do, and wait for further guidance.
I honestly don’t enjoy the unexpected challenges in my life any more than the next person 🙂 Nonetheless in every unexpected or tough circumstance there is a gift waiting to be acknowledged – perhaps we can grow stronger, happier, better, and above all, more loving to ourselves and others. Suddenly the challenges aren’t so challenging after all.
Love you all!
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