Have you ever dreamed about how great it would be if life was easy? Easy as in you’d never have to work for happiness or success or could be “normal,” you didn’t have to deal with illness, addiction, change, face your fears or grapple with discrimination. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Maybe.
I often wondered what the consequences of a problem-free life would be. It’s what made a childhood classmate stare at me with disgust when I told him “heaven may be boring,” because there were no more battles to be fought. That doesn’t mean there aren’t things in life that should be easy. Like health insurance and our rights to mental health treatment or being able to be who we are without be discriminated against. But the act of fighting for what we believe in, learning the tools to face our fears and overcome inconceivable challenges are the thorns that ultimately lend us to beautifully bloomed flowers.
Put simply, you can choose to live in denial about your illness, addiction, or your unhealthy relationship, or you can stop sweeping the dust under the rug and face it. The former may appear to be the easier life, but it’s not. It’s self-confidence and courage that gets strengthened every time you tackle what feels hard, that makes life not only worth living, but helps you move effortlessly toward self-growth, healing and happiness.
The posts this week are all about helping you to overcome what feels difficult. Read them not as a way to make you feel guilty or bad about the life that you are currently living, but to give you the tools, support and hope you need to get through the inevitable hard parts in life.