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Mostly I have learned to let go of control, give your problems to God and to give grace to all
Resilience, compassion, self-love.
Keeping on going; putting one step in front of the other. And I am surprised and grateful for the blessings I now have that feel more like a gift than what I have “earned.” And also, trying on taking a role in being leader at some degree in my field is challenging, exciting and humbling.
I am for the first time, as a 70-year-old, teaching in an elementary school where I feel respected and heard.
What comes to mind for me is Courage and Persistence in difficult times. With the help of my faith I have pushed through the darkness and found the light. Never giving up hope for better days ahead in tough times.
The focus changed to more perceiving “you” while in the same time perceiving less importance of me, alongside with letting go of fixed fears and fixed ideas. What is? In the direction of “don´t believe in anything, take care of everything”, quoting a wise man who once said this.
At the risk of sounding redundant, I would have to say resiliency. Also, I learned that I am stronger than I thought.
Perhaps an awareness that I might not always be right and to look a little deeper.
I would also have to say resiliency, but this question is rather timely since I feel like I am in another “hardest time of my life” running a restaurant and catering company with my husband. After ending my first marriage several years ago, I thought I was strong and grounded and finally gained the peace of mind I had been searching for. These days, I don’t feel as strong, definitely not as grounded, and my peace of mind seems to be hanging on by a thread. But I recognize those things, and I am working to settle myself back into acceptance while remembering to pause. Oh yes, the gift of the pause is also one that I have earned over the past 8ish years of my life.
Lastly – just keep swimming!
Great insight! Thank you.
Yes, keep swimming!
Pauses are sacred.
I have learned & earned resilience, patience, strength, courage & the will to keep moving forward, into the light if you will.
I have learned to trust in a higher power & to lean on my faith. I have learned to deepen my faith.
All these characteristics that I have earned & learned have come about because I chose to survive & become a better human rather than let circumstances take me down. I learned that in order to do that I had to make a conscious choice & incorporate certain behaviors into my life; it is a daily discipline. It has become a “way of life” for me.
I am a work in progress. I still do have my moments. Blessings to All here.🙏🏻❤️✨
PKR It’s a wonderful gift when we realize that we have the power to choose.
The hardest times in my life have given me the knowledge that if I do what I can, in any given moment, that is enough and is all I could expect of myself. Something is more than nothing, and sitting with something before choosing a path of action is not “nothing”. I don’t lose my hold on the knowledge that whatever it is, it won’t be exactly like that forever. “This too shall pass.”
Some of those hardest times were not directly my own hardship; I know that I can and will be there for someone who needs a friend or support or love when things are hard.
The passage of years has also given me the knowledge that something that was the hardest time in my life in those moments will lose its sharp edge with time as long as I don’t keep sharpening it with my attention. Events that seemed unbearable are all but forgotten under the layers of all the life I’ve lived since then.
The definition of responsibility: the ability to respond instead of react. Some of the best advice I ever received.
My struggles with addiction have given me strength and resilience and a knowledge that I can overcome and begin again. My struggles as a single mother of a special needs child has taught me patience, and has forced me to see that I need the help of others and that is ok to ask for that help; no man is an island.
Much appreciation for you sharing this and for your recognition of your own resilience and the ability to ask for help.
Thank you, Barb. I love what you shared about things losing their sharp edge if you don’t “sharpen them with your attention”. So poignant and true.
My immediate reflection is caught in the truth & beauty of the Thought for Today. So very powerful.
From the hardest times in my life thus far….I learned – and maybe earned that I am stronger than I thought. As I progress in age …God willing…I will have to call on strength in many ways….For now…I am grateful to have another day.
In the hardest times of my life, the strength of character that I have earned is acceptance. Accepting that all people cannot satisfy me even though I try to treat everybody with the best of my acts and my words. I have learned that when receiving unwanted treatments in return, it could make me disappointed. However, observe it for a moment and letting it go is the best solution.
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