The Silver Lining Of Great Hardship


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While many of us do our best to structure our lives in a manner in keeping with our best health, and the health of our families, sometimes hardship can take us unexpectedly and cause us trouble, stopping our forward progress. Thankfully, there are silver linings related to hardship and how hardship may define us.

Provided we allow ourselves to learn from this experience and to hold our dignity while faced with these circumstances, sometimes they can help us become much more authentic, and learn the most important skills of all – empathy and compassion for others.

Hardships can be debilitating and sometimes may take a piece of us forever.

That being said, there’s no reason as to why holding a defeatist mindset is an appropriate means of moving forward to the best result. In fact, those set of ideals simply ensures that recovery or improvements become nearly impossible because you have already discounted this as a possibility.

With that in mind, it’s sometimes important to see what the silver linings of this are, and understand what you can do to stay positive. This is exactly the topic we’d like to discuss:

Finding Hope

When we’re experiencing hardship we begin to understand that which is really important, and that may shed layers of inauthenticity from us.

It can also help us look for help in the areas that we may not have before, for instance, visiting a Proton Therapy center to get the best of cancer treatments without having to go through the side-effect upheaval known in the standard medical recommendations, yet without losing quality or effectiveness in application.

When you realize this is possible, you can feel more at home.

Spreading Awareness

Spreading awareness can also be a tremendously valuable tool to use. It may help others avoid experiencing your hardship, or it may help those already in it evade the worst of the matter and begin to heal.

For instance, it’s not uncommon for addicts to recover and focus on building their own health or life coach brand, perhaps speaking in schools or other venues to warn against the dangers of substance abuse. This is a true silver lining and a beautiful thing, despite the hardship that had to be faced for them to get to that point in their lives.

Might you have a similar story to tell?

Staying Mindful

Hardship also has the secondary benefit of helping you stay mindful.

You will find yourself becoming grateful for the things that are good in life, such as a beautiful calming breeze, the touch of a friend, or gentle laughter with those you care about.

Silly Dad jokes become hilarious, because they hold within them the lighthearted and noble goal that simply helps people smile.

Not only this, but you will be much less able to take things for granted, and that in itself can feel like a superpower, especially considering the way most of us live and think about our lives on a day to day basis. If you can spread this around, you’ll be in an event stronger position.

With this advice, you’re sure to see the silver lining of great hardship.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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