This quote jumped from the digital page and captured by attention today.
We all struggle with things… but there’s a certain type of struggle that can “brand” you if you let it. The big struggles. Overcoming a health crisis, deaths of friends or family, big financial hardships…natural disasters, public humiliation… There are things that we are served up that we just have to deal with whether we like it or not.
They color our conversations. They invade our life. Even if we can find immense empowerment in the struggle, we refer to it constantly as if it’s our badge of honor. As though it’s the one thing that makes us great.
In a sense it does make us great to go through these things. But it isn’t great to let them paint life in shades of adversity.
I have done this more than a few times. When each of my parents died. Overcoming two illnesses. Getting through a big trauma.
My struggle was who I was, each time, and it was a source of pride.
And that’s not the point of life, is it?
I stopped wanting to be “the chick who went through hell and lived.” It almost welcomes more adversity at times to get so close to this concept. It is useful to refer to those stories from time to time, but it is not how I identify myself any more.
Are you letting your own struggle become your identity?
I bet- no matter how hard your circumstances may be or have been- that you have incredible talents, a brilliant personality, a big heart and a ton to give to life that has nothing to do with your struggle.
Why not let the hard times light a fire under that true mission?