This article is for you if you have any type of regret about the past.
Life isn’t always easy. We all have problems and difficult circumstances in our lives. If there’s something you’re struggling with or regret, this episode will help give you a positive perspective on it. We explore the concept that there’s a purpose that can be gained from these struggles.
Below is the podcast version of this article. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, the podcast explains things so much better than a blog post ever could. I invite you to listen since you’ll get a lot more out of it. You can subscribe to the Podcast by opening your favorite podcast app and typing “Balanced Working Moms” into the search or click here for a link to the podcast on iTunes.
What I’m going to share with you in this article isn’t a new concept for me. It’s something I’ve learned from a very young age.
One of my siblings is disabled. Severely disabled. He cannot live alone. He cannot cut up his own food. His speech is barely understandable to people other than those closest to him. He cannot read or even hold a pen properly. He can’t sign his name. He cannot do basic grooming. He can barely walk.
He’s also the sweetest person you’ve ever met. He’s kind and gentle. If you’re upset about something he’d be the first to comfort you.
What Do You Think?
Does my family have BAD luck that my brother is disabled? Is it our burden in life?
Here’s a quote by Marla Gibbs that resonates with me. Do you agree with it?
I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.
Where I am Today
Look at the person I’ve become because of my brother.
I’m compassionate. I help others. I have warmth and love in my heart for almost everyone I meet.
All because of my brother.
I wouldn’t be doing this work, supporting working Moms, if not for my brother. Because of him, so much good has come into the world.
Is it hard taking care of him? Absolutely.
But what has that taught me? I’ve learned so much from him. Patience. Compassion. Love. Empathy, to name a few.
As you deal with whatever hardships life throws at you, start exploring the purpose behind the challenge. As you start doing this, you can learn and grow.
Or perhaps you can even explore what good you can put in the world due to your hardship.
Once you adopt this mindset, the challenge may become less difficult, more manageable, and you may become less “hooked.”
Exploring the purpose helps you change your mindset so perhaps you can handle the hardship with more grace, and maybe even some laughter?!
The purpose of this post is to make you feel more balanced.
When your difficulties feel a little less difficult because you’re finding the purpose in them, you’ll be more likely to feel more balanced and ease. Perhaps you’ll choose a path of service or you’ll grow from the difficulty.
If you’re going through something difficult, I hope this article helped inspire you to think a little differently, so you could have more ease with whatever you’re dealing with.
I’m sending you hugs and so much love. Remember to be kind and gentle to yourself.