We’re human, we like to be happy. We are often frustrated when life becomes difficult…especially when the difficulties seem never-ending. We hang our heads in despair, we have temper tantrums and say it isn’t fair, we sulk and feel badly for ourselves. Sometimes we even put the blame on others. None of that works very well, though, does it? What happens when we say “Bring it on. I can handle this. I don’t like it, but I know it’s just what I gotta do if I want to learn and grow. I’ll get through it.” Does that sound silly and preposterous? Is it humanly possible? Of course it is. It may not be easy, but it is in the realm of possibility…if you tell yourself it is. While we may not enjoy adversity, we can appreciate it for the gifts it will bring. Heck, we can even actively look for the gifts it will bring. Because, simply put, we don’t get the gifts without the tough stuff. When we remind ourselves that in order to grow, adapt and move forward in our lives we must go through the difficulties of life, sometimes it helps make the burden just a little lighter and easier to bear. And we all know that when the load is heavy, any little bit of help can make a big bit of difference.

Here in Arizona, the rains of a storm always promise that the sweet smell of the desert will follow. So maybe next time you find yourself feeling lost in your own storm, remind yourself to look for the reward that is surely up ahead?

Be happy and well,
Sari Roth-Roemer