You Are Not Your Struggle

pick a struggle“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” ~ Steve Maraboli

Are you fortunate enough to have a life free from mistakes or struggles? I’m guessing not. We have all made a poor choice at one time or another or have struggled with something. There are probably things in your life right now that you may be struggling with. Perhaps you feel regret for something that has or is happening.

Although going through these things doesn’t feel very good and may have bad results at the time, they are not necessarily bad things my friends. You see, when we face these struggles we grow and growing is a good thing. The trick is to learn through them and not get stuck in them.

Ask yourself, what is the mistake, struggle or regret that plaques you. Have you addressed that particular thing? For example, have you apologized for your actions or to the person/people you hurt? Did you “pay your dues” such as serving time, paying restitution or something of that nature? If so, it’s time to forgive yourself and learn the lesson.

pick a struggleForgiving yourself means that you’re ready to move on. You cannot change the past, we all know this, so it’s time to accept the past and shape your future into what you desire.

Maybe you have a struggle you’re going through right now and you’re struggling to understand it. Be patient with yourself and do your best to keep moving forward. Even though it may not be immediately understandable, everything happens for a reason and someday this will make sense to you. . .someday.

Make sure you have a support system to help you. This can be family, friends, a counselor, a support group, etc. Studies have shown time and again, when we have someone or a group of people we can look to for support, we are far better at getting through the struggles of life.

Don’t let your struggle become your identity; it is just a piece in this puzzle of life. You are a beautiful person with so much to offer. We all have our own unique gifts to give to this universe.

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