Posts tagged ‘Challenge’

Opportunities for Growth

By CreativeWings, 15 June, 2011, No Comment

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. – Karen Kaiser Clark

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice. – George Eliot

I am choosing to grow.

I have always been someone who loved learning and have challenged myself to continue to grow. However, most of the time I have chosen the time and the place, and what it was that I was going to learn.

I have, at times, avoided some tough lessons. (who hasn’t, right?)

Sometimes life gives you opportunities for growth that you would rather not have – the option for growth is too hard, scary, ill timed, or frankly, is just something that you don’t care to learn.
Sometimes though, you just can’t avoid a good old life lesson, and voilà, you’ve got yourself an opportunity for growth.

Now’s your chance to choose wisely. It may be overwhelming, hard and stressful, or perhaps it will open you up to new ideas and ways of seeing things that you never expected.

At least that’s what I am finding.

Is it still hard? Yes, it is, but as I mentioned before, I have always loved a good challenge.

A Need for Gratitude

By CreativeWings, 22 May, 2011, No Comment

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melodie Beattie

Life holds so many opportunities to be grateful.
It’s a constant challenge to remain aware of all of the good that surrounds us.
It is so easy (especially on a cold rainy Monday when you are running late for work and forgot your umbrella) to grumble and groan about how hard your life is and how nothing ever works out the way you want.
I speak from experience–I do it too.
I get caught up in my own life and I forget that for every “bad” thing that happens, there are a million wonderful things that also happened.
Sometimes it takes a cataclysmic event to make you take stock and begin to look for those moments to be grateful.
However, how much better would your life be if you began to exercise those gratitude muscles now?
Don’t wait for the day when things start to fall apart around you to realize how blessed you are, and how much you have to be grateful for.
Begin today, right now. Name one thing that you are grateful for. Actually say it out loud so you can hear it.
Now keep going until you can’t think of anything else.
That’s great, but if you really want to get good at this, you have to keep it up. (Ok, you don’t have to say it out loud each time) Keep a running gratitude list in your head throughout the day.
How are you feeling, grateful?