Bring It On! 3 Tips to Start Embracing Life's Challenges
We all have sad days, and we all go through challenging times. We may even feel as though we're on a treadmill, running fast to nowhere. I find that as much as I study and practice spirituality, and try to live from my heart, I do get a curve ball every once in a while. And they're always unexpected.
So I decided to ask myself a couple of questions.
What would it feel like to be more IN my life? What would it feel like to stop resisting what life brings, and start embracing it?
It seems as though we focus on what we don’t want, or what we're avoiding, instead of what we do want, or what we could challenge ourselves to face. What if we took that resistance and turned it into acceptance? What would that look like? And how might that help us to grow and learn, and let life flow?
Here is what I came up with...
1. Embrace change!
Instead of saying to yourself I know I should, but... just do it! A friend of mine is contemplating taking on more hours at her part-time job. She is stuck behind the idea that if she does work more, that will change her identity, and take her further away from her purpose. (She is a very talented writer, illustrator and coach.) Trying something new does not change your identity! In fact, it's pportunity. If you set yourself up for adventure, you are sure to experience adventure.
2. Do the opposite of what you'd normally do.
Flip your attitude around and respond from a positive place, instead of a negative one. For example, if you normally dread your Monday morning meeting, and your contribution is that you physically got yourself there, prepare for it with a positive attitude, even participate! Maybe you reach out by sharing an article that may help your team, or a news story that you think may be of interest to others. You could really get crazy and bring donuts (or flaxseed muffins ... everyone’s attitude may change, including yours!
3. Be present!
Did you ever notice that most of the time you're thinking about what you're going to do next, what you forgot to do, or what you want to remember to do? Imagine if you decided to really be in your life: Be present at your meetings, be present when you make dinner, be present at you child’s soccer game... Being in our life brings us joy, appreciation and gratitude.
You’ll find it also feels satisfying, creates stronger relationships, and makes room for creativity! (You can’t be creative if your mind is always running. Creativity happens when we quiet our mind and make room for new ideas.)
If we decide to be in the moment, give ourselves a break from having to solve the world’s problems, and cut ourselves some slack on being a superhero, we will actually be in our life! You may find it quite rewarding, relaxing, and exciting all at the same time!