One of the many beauties of life, is the fact that we’re constantly challenged. We are challenged to do things which may not show benefit for years to come. Those challenges are not meant to break us, they are meant to make us both stronger and wiser. If we approach life’s “not-so-fun” moments with a different mindset, handling those situations becomes much easier. We simply must remember to see the forest despite the trees. When something’s overall appearance seems detrimental, expend your energy on what’s really important.
Am I saying that you are not going to be disappointed or discouraged at times in your life even with a conscious effort to see the forest for the trees? Heck no. However, your reaction is crucial! Feeling upset can come at any moment, but should not last for but a moment. For example, an extreme case may be mourning the death of a loved one. That may be a wound that never completely heals; I just would not want to see that mourning rob you of living. In a less extreme case, maybe you’re upset about something that just did not come to fruition as you expected. Don’t dwell on it and just take it in stride. There is an even greater opportunity that is going to present itself. Let that thought alone provide you peace.
We have to understand that without the rainy days, we would not appreciate the sunny days. Without the days that seem like nothing is working in our favor, we would not appreciate the absolutely terrific days. If we did not know struggle, how would we appreciate the achievement and accolades that are the result of hard work? There are so many things in life that are symbiotic, which means we have to find a way to appreciate even what doesn’t feel or look appealing on the surface. There is always something bigger and of greater importance in what looks like a negative season/experience.
Do you see how important it is to have a positive mindset in life? If we begin to teach our minds to be able to see at least a little of the good even when we see mostly bad, it will not only get easier, but we’ll also get faster at distinguishing the good. No life isn’t going to be easier, but just implementing a mindset that tries, really hard to see the forest in spite of the trees, life will be easier to manage and understand.