Are you someone who believes that everything in life happens for a reason? From the people we encounter, the experiences we have, the places we travel and the memories we make. One of the best advice I’ve ever received, was being told that in any situation in life, it’s how we react to it. We have the choice to have a positive or negative reaction to something. We can also choose to see and learn from the situation in a positive or negative way. When I was in Taiwan, I met people who would work in jobs that required dealing with all kinds of customers all day, but they are willing to help and so people can really feel that energy and feel more relaxed.
We all face challenges, misfortunes, unpredictability and changes in life. At the time, many of them may of felt painful, sad or frustrating, but over time they can serve us the greatest lessons, make us stronger and wiser and allow ourselves to grow as a person. The friends we make are also there in that period of our lives for a reason. Many things in life are a blessing in disguise, because the things in life that we feel were a failure may of been the very thing that pushed us to succeed. The things in life that made us hit rock bottom were the moments that gave us space to grow.
Have you ever had experiences where something didn’t work out, but something better came a long? A blessing in disguise is learning to be independent from a young age. It pushes you to chase experience, challenges and go through the ups and downs. It reminds you that your happiness is relied on yourself. When we go through our own battles, we can become stronger from them. When I didn’t feel the satisfaction in teaching music and decided to stop studying music, it made me explore the possibilities of other things and it opened new doors.
If you’ve ever been through depression, there is one thing I want you to remember. There is a strength within you that you don’t know you have, but it’s there and it always has been. It’s that pulsing thought that life is worth living, because in the end, everyone will die one day. Tomorrow is not promised, but today will be the best present we could ever receive. There are many things in life we do not have control of, and then there is the small percentage of things in life we have control of. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” ― Charles R. Swindoll.
Remember to have faith in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t achieve things that you are capable of. Many things we have to leave to God, whether that be our worries, stress, frustrations and sadness. Every person will face good and bad situations, but we can choose whether to become a better or worse person because of it. As you grow older you realise the things that truly matter to yourself, and you realise the things that don’t really matter at all. One thing I find more and more important is the practice of gratitude. We quite possibly have everything that we need in life.
Everyone has their own perception of a situation. We always have something to be grateful for. To be happy and healthy in life is truly all we need. When we gain more experience, we can learn how to face the situation better next time. A lot of things made me realise to never care what other people think, because they don’t truly know or care for me. Unless it’s words said out of love or from the mouth of someone you care for, most of the time it’s judgment of things only seen on the surface. If we believe that everything happens for a reason, we can leave things that have happened with peace.
You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – Christopher Robin to Pooh