Friday, April 08, 2011
Day 8 Gratitude: Challenges
The challenge or struggle is an opportunity to grow or improve ourselves. When we do, we feel rewarded, as if the struggle was worth it, like a feeling of winning. In this way, we view the challenge as a test and because the outcome was positive, we view it as a win and gain confidence from the situation.
But, even challenges with a uncomfortable outcome can be positive. We can grow and learn from our mis-steps, from our mistakes. We can take a bad situation and learn from it. Where did I go wrong? Next time, what will I do differently?
Answering these questions can take any challenge, even the trying ones, and make it a growth experience. And that makes it positive. The short term discomfort is immediate, but the result of our new knowledge is longterm and lifetime.
The mistake that I make, is that I sometimes view challenges as a wall instead of a fence. Walls create boundaries that I can't see past. Walls contain me. They prevent me from seeing beyond that space.
But I can see over fences, sometimes even through them. Fences are only a temporary boundaries.
Challenges are opportunities to turn that wall into a fence. And anyone can climb over a fence!