“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” ― Albert Camus
When we experience challenging life events, such as the current Covid 19(coronavirus) crisis, we are forever changed. Such experiences have the ability to thrust us out of our comfort zone and into a new paradigm, that will require a “new normal” to be created.
Such defining moments have the ability to break us down and tear away the very fabric of who we think we are, and what we think we are capable of.
As a life coach, I always say that its important to imagine that these challenges, that life throws at us, are wise teachers, coming to teach us important life lessons. That is, if we are able to rise above the debilitating emotional turmoil; the victim mentality; and the onslaught of negative thoughts, and objectively seek to find meaning in the seeming chaotic nature of it all.
When we get knocked down and are then able to figure out how to stand back up, we are forever changed. We discover, on a visceral level, how much inner strength we truly have when we have no choice but to move forward, and overcome adversary.
Personal growth is never going to be easy, or present itself at a convenient time. During my counselling sessions my clients will report that they felt a relentless torrent of “attacks”, or “waves”, pounding you from every angle, with almost no end in sight. However, there is light at the of this tunnel, even though it may not seem like it. It is important to persevere, even in spite of everything inside you wanting to hide away until it is all over.
Tough times don’t last!
Everything is in a perpetual cycle of beginnings and endings.
There is a beautiful statement that epitomises this philosophy, and it goes like this: “This too shall end”.
Somewhere, deep down inside all of us, there is a part of us that believes in hope and faith in the human spirit to triumph over even the greatest of obstacles. Such instances can be witnessed when a baby takes it’s first breath. It can be seen when emergency aid workers rush in to disaster zones, even at their own peril, to save lives. We see clear examples of hope and faith in the eyes of trauma survivors.
Somewhere, deep down inside these individuals sits that part of them that says: “Keep Going!”
And the do!
It may appear on the outset that challenging and extremely difficult times are no good for the human spirit, but I see people rise up in these situations, even when hope seems like an impossible task, and create the necessary changes that are so desperately needed. Not only this, but it creates a ripple effect that touches the lives of countless people. It helps the human species, as a whole, to realise our unique and shared potential. It allows us to create a new, and more sustainable paradigm.
Thanks for reading,
Donovan – Life Coach