The pressures of life often leave us feeling average. We have hopes, dreams, aspirations but they don’t always come to pass. We try, and try, and try some more, waiting for greatness to happen. Hoping this time is better than the last. Praying for a change of fortune. But when the good things don’t arrive we’re left to bravely, and sometimes painfully, console ourselves. We soldier on with a valiant face; unwillingly battling the knights of doubt with armour of failure and disappointment.
Life’s random chain of events means that everything changes; constantly. Nothing is as it appears. The minute you think you have things figured out, and you’re life is mapped and planned, a drastic cyclone of events comes and uproots everything. You get caught up in the chaos and get left clueless and often unhappy. Doors start closing left, right and centre and you’re left praying for answers.
Things will look bleak but don’t despair. What is at play is causality – the principle of/relationship between cause and effect. In order for you to reach your purpose, you will first have to go through certain experiences, sometimes bad ones, (cause) to gain the knowledge and wisdom to execute and fulfil your destiny (effect). Without these times of hardship and struggle, we simply wouldn’t have the strength to carry our greatness or support others with theirs. It not pretty or particularly enjoyable, but these bad life events help build character. They help mould us for what God has in store for us next.
When one door closes, another one will invariably open. You just have to be perceptive enough to see it, and confident enough to walk through it. Similarly, when something doesn’t work out, it simply means it wasn’t meant for you; no matter how badly you wanted it to. It’s hard, but accepting and mastering the art of patience is what you need to survive. Things take time to manifest, and in the moments of struggle or inactivity, you have to be faithful in the knowledge that God is always working behind the scenes for you.
Life isn’t easy. There’s no cheat book for success or happiness. I certainly don’t have the answers. What I can tell you is that everything happens for a reason. You may not see it now or tomorrow or even next week or year, but sooner or later everything will work out. If you keep moving forward and applying yourself, you will eventually reach the summit. You just have to trust the process, grow in the journey, be thankful in the victories and remain patient in everything in between.
In the meantime, don’t worry if you haven’t found or achieved your purpose yet. You soon will. Just believe in your direction. The lost feeling you’re experiencing now will gradually be replaced by fulfilment once things click into place. Some of the most successful and notable people in history found their calling in the most unexpected moments. So my advice to you is… Keep going.
As you go through trials and tribulations, here are some takeaways to help you:
- No matter the struggle, always focus on the positive aspects of your life (and there will be many).
- Don’t fall into destructive thinking when things go wrong. Train your mind to always think positive; no setback will break or destroy you.
- Trust and believe in you, even when no one else does.
- It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters is getting back up each and every time with renewed belief and spirit.
- Whatever your dream is, if you can imagine it, you can achieve it. It just takes time.
On your journey of life, acknowledge your skill, dream, passion or talent and ignore the words that don’t empower you.
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P.S. No matter what you’re going through, remember #YouCanGetThroughThis.