Download: Navigating Difficult Times
When I read this quote, it makes me think of the statue of Atlas I had the privilege to see while meeting some wonderful people at the Rockefeller center in NYC a few short years ago.
I think of the cast iron persona bearing a heavy burden, eyes forward gazing to the horizon, pushing deep into the earth with each chastised step.
This sums up how life can feel from time to time, does it not? Know that you aren’t alone.
We bear such a heavy burden at times that it feels as if our very feet are sinking with each step we take.
Difficult times will come, and when they do, the greatest and most powerful ally you will find already exists within you. It is the free will of the human spirit, or soul.
That is your personal power – your free will – your right to choose how things make you feel.
But like all things in life, it takes practice. And perspective.
Lots and lots and lots of practice. Lots and lots and lots of perspective.
One perspective is that the more burdens you bear, the stronger you eventually become.
The choice of perspective is and has always been yours to make.
Bad things can either push you down or help you to grow.
Each challenge or adversity carries with it a greater seed of opportunity for growth.
Each difficult thing you face is helping you to gain valuable skills and experience that you can use in the future.
You can choose how to feel about difficulties or bad times. That is free will.
You can choose what to do about challenges. That is your power.