I have a friend who lost half of his foot in an accident. He has been through dozens of surgery and years of pain. He almost lost the entire foot, along with part of his leg, on many occasions. I asked him if anything good ever came from the entire experience. Surprisingly, his list was long.
The main benefit he received was all the time he was stuck in bed, trying to manage the pain. He wasn’t only stuck in a bed, but he was also stuck in his head. He told me a few times how beneficial this time was for him to think, to re-discover himself, and to decide what to do with the rest of his life that he did have and what to do with the time that he did have. All of the time he had during his recovery period literally helped him change his focus from lack to abundance. He began to focus on what he had to be grateful for, regardless of all that seemed to be going wrong at the time.
The universe conspires on our behalf every moment of every day. That is just the way it is set up. In the end, something good always comes from the “bad” that happens. Eventually, our eyes open up to the truth that the Universe is constantly conspiring on our behalf, not only as individuals but AS A COLLECTIVE ONE, and we begin to realize this, remember this, and believe it. These life experiences of contrasts empowers us to live better through acquisition of skills that provide limitless ways for us to create progressively more beautifully.
MANY TIMES IN LIFE, OUR GREATEST GIFTS COME FROM OUR GREATEST CHALLENGES, DIFFICULTIES, AND SETBACKS.
Sometimes we go through things that are painful. At some point in our lives, we all will. It is just a part of this human experience. Pain is to be expected. Pain is a normal bi-product of existence. Pain can be a blessing. It is a catalyst which completes a chemical reaction that sometimes results in an explosion of personal growth. Without pain, we would not progress or evolve into something better. We would never experience the necessary cracking wide open that reveals the light that we are. We would not become better without difficulties. A life of constant ease creates weakness.
To be able to find the good, the positive, and the benefit from a painful, challenging, or difficult situation is character-building, and it is a blessing in disguise.
When we change the way we perceive things, the things we perceive of change. When we change the way we focus on things, the things we focus on change. What we focus on, we FEED and we ENERGIZE.
The fascinating thing about pain and suffering is that PAIN happens in an instant, only the one time, while suffering depends ENTIRELY upon the meanings and definitions we attach to that one moment in time, and how often we decide to re-visit that painful moment in our minds. Suffering can last an entire lifetime.
We can all ask our self: “What good has come from the most painful situations of my life?”
If we are honest with ourselves, and if we truly examine and study our lives to find the answers to this question, the list containing answers of all we have to be grateful and appreciative for, BECAUSE of our pain, will continue to grow. As we realize the truth, and our perspective continues to shift, we will realize, more and more, how life is happening FOR us, not TO us.
Today I will make a list of the most painful things I have gone through in this life. I will think on what I did to escape the suffering, learn from it, and not experience it again. I will think on what I learned, while navigating through this experience, and what the benefits of going through such a situation were. I will reflect on what it made of me.
There is a YouTube show I listen to almost every day called, IMPACT THEORY. This show has had MANY guests who have helped to shape and mold my mind surrounding the beliefs and meanings which have dictated the choices I make. My old beliefs led me to make choices which were less beneficial or optimal for me and those I love. Because of this show, and ALL of the guests and their teachings, I have consistently shifted my perspective, my beliefs, and my mindset ENTIRELY, and have re-written a new script for my life. The way I think and see things has changed, and because of that my entire life has now changed.
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE GUESTS ON THIS SHOW HAVE EXPERIENCED EXTREME PAIN, DIFFICULTIES, STRUGGLES, AND DEVASTATING LOSS. The beauty in these interviews is contained in their stories and answers, telling the listener how THEY LEVERAGED PAIN TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL, ABUNDANT, WEALTHY, AMAZING LIFE OF HAPPINESS, JOY, PEACE, MEANING, AND FULFILLMENT, REGARDLESS. Just go to YouTube, and type this into the search: THE BENEFITS OF PAIN IMPACT THEORY.
Reminder to self:
Watch or listen to AT LEAST ONE of these interviews a day, from now on, and displace all of the unhelpful, disempowering content in your head with USEFUL, HELPFUL, EMPOWERING content which will up-level and strengthen YOU, and transform you from a VICTIM to a VICTOR.
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Remember: Mindset matters. Character counts. That which we choose to consistently focus on is what EXPANDS in our lives. WE CREATE our realities.