Every morning I start my day by reading a passage from the book, “Journey to the Heart” by Melody Beattie.
I first purchased and read this book probably five years ago.
It includes a passage for each day of the year, and five years ago this was an important part of my personal growth journey.
In January I was clearing out my office bookcase and I happened upon the book.
I opened it and read that day’s passage. It was SO fitting I decided to re-read the book, one passage and one day at a time, again this year.
Today I read a passage that hit close to home based on some things that happened in 2009.
It also seemed very appropriate for a friend I happened to be trading emails with.
“Often the most painful events of your life are the ones that opened you to your ability to bring healing, help, and hope to others.”
I know for me, the challenges I faced in 2009 are what enabled me to get back on track with MY business last year after getting lost chasing greater and greater success, and running too many different business, many I later realized didn’t “fit” me.
Those challenges helped me remember who I am and what I’m good at, OWN IT, and stop looking outside for someone else’s path to success.
They helped me realize I was already successful because I already had a business and a life that I loved.
They helped me see all the knowledge and expertise I do have, and stop discounting it and comparing myself to others…and to just be ME!
They reminded me that while I’ll always invest in learning (because I do believe if we’re not learning and growing, then we are slowly dying) I really already do have what I need to create the life and business I want (and that’s exactly what I did in 2010, very quickly as a matter of fact).
And, they reminded me to be grateful for everything in my life, and to never take it for granted.
Ultimately this “coming to terms” has enabled me to serve my clients at a much higher and more sincere level than ever before. I get feedback often these days that affirms I am definitely heading in the right direction.
As my friend shared in her email the significant challenges she’s currently facing, I felt compelled to share the above passage from “Journey to the Heart” with her. I also told her that I trust her challenges will also deliver her to a place where she can better help others because of all she’s been through.
And, as I was writing that message to her, I realized something.
All the people I admire most have their own version of this struggle story, and it’s what makes them great and real and human and humble.
I realized it’s a pretty great club to be a member of.
So, if you find yourself facing challenges, whether it’s in your business, with your finances, with your health, with your relationships, or ANY area of your life, embrace those challenges…make a commitment to learn and grow from them…and know they are what will enable you to provide greater healing, help, and hope to others in the future.
And, welcome to the club!