There is a growth opportunity in every challenge we face, if we choose to look for it. Some lessons are obvious and others require longer periods of contemplation. Ask, why did this situation come to me? Did I in some way attract this situation and, if so, for what positive purpose? What can I learn from this situation? Trust me, I’m asking myself these questions right now about the 6 years that my wife and I spent parenting and giving ourselves completely to two foster care kids, only to realize that we reached our capacity to give before their issues were even close to being resolved. I never imagined that in giving 110% of our love, care, and comfort, that these kids would not out-grow their behavioral issues. I was taught a great lesson in human development and behavior alright, and I’m still seeking to understand the role that we were meant to play in these kids’ lives. I’ve never been through anything so difficult, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I do not doubt that answers to questions we have about our role in the lives of these children will come in time. I do know that this situation tested our resolve every day for 6 years, and we gave everything we had to give. The toughest situations do harden our mettle, and teach us that we have more courage and capacity than we likely give ourselves credit for. So when you are faced with a stressful challenge, know that there is a gift in it for you…and it will reveal itself if you look for it.
“When you realize that every stressful moment you experience is a gift that points you to your own freedom, life becomes very kind.” By Byron Katie
Tom Pearson – www.OwnMyGreatness.com