Yesterday my daughter and I were standing in the kitchen discussion different life experiences. I asked her if she regretted having gone through some of those experiences.
“Nope. They made me stronger. I learned something.”
She gets it! Becoming a Warrior Woman means understanding that it is in the journey that we gain the strength.
Sadly, too many people don’t get it. Many people are so comfortable in life that they have no idea that they are actually miserable.
I’ve always tried to teach my kids not to follow the “easy” crowd. No one grows floating through life. Calvin Coolidge said, “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”
Discomfort is a catalyst for growth. It makes you long for more; it forces you to change, stretch, and adapt. “… for it must needs be, that there is opposition in all things…” (2 Nephi 2:11). Hard things humble the spirit. When you are challenged, you are asked to become more than you were.
I try to follow this advice myself. I am learning that when I seek out new experiences I am more creative. I gain strength emotionally. Stuck in a rut really is stuck. I grow I have to embrace the discomfort. I find myself resisting some experiences. Other experiences I face head on – a sink or swim attitude.
I recently began a new look at how I view nutrition. I had to stretch myself. It wasn’t “easy”, but it was doable. Now I feel strong.
“We acquire the strength we have overcome.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Strength is measured by what you can withstand.
Breaking a habit, trying something new, taking risks, putting yourself out there and getting outside your comfort zone is not easy, but it is worth it!
Learning to be comfortable with discomfort is one of the most important skills we can learn. If you can learn this skill, you can master nearly everything that comes your way. Discomfort is the key to growth and even joy. By embracing a little discomfort for a short time (within the grand scheme of things), you can beat old habits, stop procrastination, learn a new language or a new subject, make it through life’s challenges, endure physically grueling events, explore new ideas, speak on stage, or even embrace a simplistic new eating lifestyle.
I am learning that the old saying is true… “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
I don’t believe that hard things are given to people to punish them. Hard things are allowed to help us all develop to our greatest and fullest potential.
Every hard thing in life I have ever faced has taught me about myself. No matter the size of the problem- large or small I have grown.
I know… in the middle of that hard thing I need to be reminded of the following:
What doesn’t kill you really does make yo stronger.