Updated: Sep 17, 2020
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 amazing 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 students cannot return to school. Numerous parents have lost their jobs. As one of my amazing students said to me, "Hi Mr. Brown, this school year seems a bit empty and sad compared to last school year. Not that I'm complaining, but do you have any advice?
I was so grateful for this student's honesty and reaching out. Yes, a lot of our inner hope is being challenged right now. How do we mentally, emotionally and even physically move forward?
The truth is, 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 personal lives were different.
We think everything in life should be easier.
A great deal of our pain exists entirely in our minds. When we attach ourselves to ideals and fantasies 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?
One Grit Ritual That Will Change Your Perspective, When You Can't Change Anything Else:
Tough times don’t last—tough people do.” Repeat that to yourself as often as you need to in the days and weeks ahead, as the world gradually comes to grips with the hard reality of COVID-19.
The goal is to change your response to what you can’t control. To grow so strong on the inside that nothing on the outside can affect your inner wellness without your conscious permission.
One Gratitude Ritual That Will Change Your Perspective, When You Can't Change Anything Else:
Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.
That's it! When you wake-up in the morning, before you do ANYTHING else, dwell on ONE positive thought and what are some things you are grateful for? WOW! This can have a positively HUGE impact upon your day, your week and your life!
Do whatever it takes to show GRIT and GRATITUDE to keep moving forward!