Hidden Blessings of
Struggle and Hardship

Everyone will experience hardship at some point in their life, whether it be from a physical illness, loss of a job, loss of a home, a broken marriage or relationship, death of a loved one, etc. The one thing all of these situations have in common is that the person is forced to change in some way. Have you noticed that some people seem to be able to cope better with change than others? Some people seem to be resiliant and have an inner strength which they draw upon no matter how hard their struggle might be. What is their secret? How can they find joy in life while withstanding unbearable circumstances? Let's explore the answers to these questions as we delve into the hidden blessings of struggle and hardship.

Change is never easy, but especially when it is forced upon us. We get comfortable to a routine, a steady paycheck, having that certain person in our life, etc. We even get used to negative situations and drawn into staying in jobs and relationships longer than we should just to feel secure. But what price do we have to pay for that security? How secure are we really? The one thing we can count on is change - for better or worse. How do you cope with change? Do you panic? Become depressed or angry? Go into denial? Resist change at all costs? Well, you're not alone. Change is stressful as well - even change for the better.

When change is forced upon us, we have to learn to do things in a new or different way. We may have to move to a new residence, downsize, and give up possessions. This can also be viewed as an opportunity to simplify our life. We can also learn to be more resourceful in ways to make money, save money, and to do more things for ourselves rather than depend on others.

Change is about letting go of the known and embracing the unknown. We fear what we do not know. We build up "what if" scenarios in our minds trying to plan for the future, only to find that we can never be prepared for every possible situation. I have found that when I reach that point of not being able to create any more "what if" scenarios, I need to just let go and let my inner self/higher self take over. The more I have learned to trust in the inner guidance, the easier things become. This is not easy to do at all, because this requires giving up whatever control I might think I have in the situation. But I then realize that I never had control - I only thought I had control.

Our connection to the Divine plays a very important role in letting go. It's like the phrase, "Let go and let God." After all, we don't know what is best for us. We may think we know, but we really don't. We don't know the big picture and what God's plan might be for us. In fact, by refusing to let go of what we think we need, we can be limiting ourselves and not be open to receiving our highest good. One of the prayers I often say is, "I give up this situation to my highest good and the highest good of everyone involved." By doing this, I give up preconceived notions and limitations on what the outcome could be. I also remove my ego from the situation and let God guide me. It's like riding the wave rather than drowning in it. It also brings me great peace of mind and relieves stress.

People grow more spiritually when they go through hardship and struggle than when they have things easy. For me, I have developed a very close relationship to God and Jesus as a result of health issues I've endured for the last several years. I have witnessed miracles and healings in myself as a result of prayer, letting go and asking for guidance. Also as a result of the health issues, I am now doing what I love - helping others find their own inner path to healing. These blessings have come to me as a result of letting go of what I thought I needed and wanted.

When you learn to live this way, each day is a new adventure. It's like going on a treasure hunt to see where you're being guided next. The more we endure, the greater the blessings.

April 30, 2016


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