In 1914, the great inventor Thomas Edison experienced a devastating hardship. His entire laboratory burned down to the ground, and several years worth of his work was ruined.
Newspapers described the situation as “the worst thing to happen to Edison!”
But that wasn’t true, because Edison didn’t see it that way at all. The inventor instead chose to see his circumstances as an invigorating opportunity to rebuild and re-examine much of his current work. In fact, Edison reportedly said shortly after the fire, “Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start again fresh.” And that’s exactly what he and his team did!
Think about how this relates to your life.
So many times in my life I have heard it was "the end", when it was really the beginning? So many hopeless labels have been slapped over my inner hope? Truthfully, more often times than I actually realize. I've been awakened to a very valuable truth! Life's “fires” happen to all of us. We all go through circumstances, big and small, that deeply effect us, and…
We are disappointed.
We feel overwhelmed.
We feel like giving up.
We don’t feel good enough.
We wish we had more resources.
We wish our jobs were different.
We wish our personal lives were different.
We think everything in life should be easier.
All of the above I have experienced.
I've noticed that a great deal of my pain & frustration exists entirely in my mind. When we attach ourselves to ideas and thoughts about how reality has to be in order to be good enough for us, we only make matters worse.
So, are you ready to follow Edison’s lead and live better despite your circumstances?
For me, COVID basically changed so much overnight, leaving many wishing for the good old days of the past.
Yes, so much has been postponed, closed or canceled recently. But not everything. And it’s important to bring this into your awareness.
Last time I checked, love has not been postponed, closed or canceled. Hope has not been postponed, closed or canceled. Self-care has not been postponed, closed or canceled.
Right now there are plenty of opportunities to invest in the little things that matter most. The key is to not let life’s difficulties cloud your vision and lead you into DOUBT.