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Embracing the unpleasant

April 17, 2013

Here’s a great idea…

C.S. Lewis said:

“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’ life or ‘real’ life. The truth is, of course, that what one calls ‘the interruptions’ are precisely one’s real life…what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.”

 In other words…

When life goes as we plan or dream it to be, we think, “This is the life!” But as soon as we meet with daily hassles, disappointments, or major traumas, we are tempted to conclude that this is not the life we signed up for. The good news is that challenges spark growth. People who look for benefits in adversity enjoy greater growth. The very problems that we dread cause us to grow in ways that make our lives more meaningful.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

The next time life throws you a challenge, greet it warmly. Expect that it will enable growth. Look for the benefits that came from your experience.

To Find Out More…
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