It's impossible to go through life without facing expected and unexpected struggles. Struggles come in all different forms, everything from not being able to pay the mortgage to losing a loved one. The reality is, struggle is a part of life and learning how to deal with it more effectively can have a profound impact on our lives.

Not only is struggle a part of life, it's an important part of life. Although struggle automatically implies living through an uncomfortable situation, the struggle itself is a necessary part of life that allows us to grow and enter a realm of development that we would most likely not enter without experiencing the struggle.

I want to give you an analogy to help explain how struggle helps us grow. Let's say you're going to the gym. One of your goals is to get in shape and build muscle. So, let's look at how you accomplish such a feat at a gym.

When you lift weights at a gym, what you are actually doing is putting a great amount of stress on your muscles. The idea here is to break down your muscles and eventually repair those muscles with proper nutrition and rest. In other words, your muscles would not have the ability to grow bigger unless they were torn apart at the gym.

The same holds true for life. Sometimes to get to where we want to be in life, the universe throws these unexpected curve balls into our lives. They sweep us off our feet and kick us when we're down. It's in those moments that it's nearly impossible to understand the bigger picture. In those moments it's so incredibly difficult to justify in our minds why the situation is happening. In those moments it's difficult to see clearly and understand that maybe, just maybe, it's happening to help us grow, develop and become the person who we are meant to become.

If you take some time and think about what you now have in your life that you are thankful for something interesting can begin to happen. When you think about the things or people in your life that you are now grateful for it's important to review the timeline of events that created the chain reaction that lead to the events in your life that you are now grateful for.

The thinker

When we do this exercise we'll most likely come to realize that there were many moments in our lives that, at the time, we didn't want to happen. However, these struggles lead to opportunities that most likely would have never arisen without those moments we didn't want to experience at the time.

Life is full of surprises. It's full of difficulties. These difficulties can lead us down paths that we would have never even known existed without going through these struggles.

Sometimes it's important to look back and embrace our struggles and realize that not only are they a part of life, they can be an incredibly important and necessary part of life.

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