We all have them. And for many of us, when we are in the middle of them, they feel like they will never end. We feel like they are going to drown us. We feel like no one can ever understand what we are going through. We isolate. We lose sleep, or we sleep too much. We don’t eat, or we eat too much.
We all handle stress, frustration, and disappointment in different ways. But how we handle it can make all the difference in the world on how we come out of the situation. How we handle it often defines what the final outcome will be. And how we handle it is a choice. I know it doesn’t always feel like it, but I really believe that it is. I feel very strongly about this. Let me tell you why:
Today I live in a house that I really enjoy, with people I love being around, and I have a wonderfully fulfilling career. I have the world’s greatest coach (in my opinion), and I look forward to my future..But I want to share with you that it definitely has not always been this way. In fact, I have to humbly admit that I regret that I wasted so many years feeling defeated by life!
Life hasn’t always been easy for me. It isn’t always easy for anyone. I’ve dealt with family issues, rejection issues, financial issues, and even cancer issues. And for years it DID leave me feeling defeated. But I’ve learned through my challenges that how I chose to approach them has a huge impact on how each chapter of my life ends, who I become through the challenges, and whether the challenges end up being destructive or being a blessing.
You see, up until a few years ago, I had been an accountant. I had spent the majority of my lifetime making my living on a computer. Then one day I woke up in the hospital. I was told that while I had gone into the hospital expecting to have minor surgery for skin cancer,they went to remove the cancer on the back of my hand and found that it was much more than they had anticipated.The cancer had already eaten away all the nerves, tendons, muscles, and even veins in my right hand – and yes, I’m right-handed. They had to take everything out. To save my hand, they had to re-build it with muscles, tendons, and veins from my right arm, but I lost most of the use of my right hand and arm. I do have to thank God that the doctors got to the cancer in time (within being a few days too late) to stop it from going into my bones in my hand – that would have been a game changer, and I wouldn’t be writing this to you today.
After surgery, cancer treatments, and physical therapy, I needed to make some changes. I was not able to use a computer as I had before, and I was forced into a career change. Thankfully, I have wonderfully supportive friends, because at the ripe old age of (?) I found myself looking for a whole new career that did not require the use of my right hand and that did not require that I go outdoors much (another result of cancer).
After much time, prayer and thought, my desire to help people succeed and my love for people led me to research and ultimately take on life coaching as my new career path. I studied coaching, and it has been an amazing transition. I feel like I am doing what I was supposed to be doing all along. I feel released to be what I’ve always wanted to be. I’m loving life!
Life still has it’s challenges. It always will. But I’m grateful that I now spend my time making a difference in the lives of others by doing something I love – all because a really tough time in life forced me to leave my comfort zone and do something completely new.
I don’t spend a lot of time talking about life’s challenges. I prefer to focus on the things that I am grateful for. But I know that some of you are going through struggles, and I hope that this story can be an encouragement to you. If you or someone you know can benefit from this story, please share it – that’s what makes it worth while for me!
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And don’t forget to surround yourself with positive people who will support you. Being around positive, successful people is the first step to having a successful life of your own.
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