I try to be an optimist. So whenever something crappy happens, whenever there is a wrench in my plans, whenever something doesn’t go my way, I try to frame it in as positive as way as possible. And this proverb does a perfect job of showcasing one of my favorite coping mechanisms—stepping outside of the situation and viewing it as a learning experience. If your life is all smooth sailing, calm seas and sunny skies, you are never going to learn to deal with adversity when it comes. And it will come. So the next time things are going rough, power through and remember that ever single misstep is making you into a more skilled, stronger and experienced person.
This week, whenever something goes bad, instead of stewing in the anger and frustration, think about all the way it could be positive. Maybe even write down all the lessons you’ve learned and what you’d differently next time around. Locked your keys in your car? Think about how you’ll change your routine to drop your keys in your pocket before you leave the car. Find yourself hating your job everyday? Think about all the things you’ve learned there that’ll help you in your next adventure.
What’s something that you struggled getting through but ended up a better person because of it?