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Are you grateful for the tough stuff?

Posted Mar 04 2013 10:07am

Guess what’s back? Back again?

Yes! We’re back into the swing of things around here.   J’adore la vie will return this Thursday! Keep tweeting and Instagramming your #jadorelavie moments every day. It’s so beautiful to  on Instagram. There are so many special moments that can really center you if you feel like you’re feeling kind of “blah” or if you’re in a funky place…or if you simply want to be inspired. It’s just awesome. So, get rollin’ on that. 

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The above quote is hanging on the wall, above my bed. It is one of my all-time favorite quotes because it never fails to recalibrate my mind. It’s amazing how seven simple words can be all you need to cleanse your mind.

If we encounter a setback, it might seem crazy to think that we could possibly be grateful for such a seemingly shitty thing. Here’s the deal, though. There are no such things as setbacks. That’s right. Say it with me out loud (I’m serious!):There are no such things as setbacks! Why? Setbacks are not designed to set us back. Setbacks are opportunities in disguise given to us from the Universe. This is true for all of us. I truly believe that situations happen for us – not to us.

This weekend, I came face-to-face with the opportunity of a lifetime. It was something I’d been dreaming about for quite some time. Then, it fell through. Collapsed. It’s not happening. And I was crushed. In fact, I still am. I’m feeling funky today because of it. But I’m grateful for feeling this way.

No matter how pissed off I might feel, how sad I might feel, or how joyful I might feel. I am grateful for all of it.  Mastin Kipp calls a setback a “Divine Storm.” I love this phrase and have been repeating it to myself all weekend. “I am grateful for this Divine Storm.”

Think about a personal hardship or addiction you’ve been through. Do you regret it? I do not regret my eating disorder. In fact, I am grateful that I chose to develop an eating disorder. It helped me to become more compassionate, understanding, and intuitive. Especially intuitive. While I spent 6 years forcing myself to live on a restrictive schedule (the complete opposite of intuition), in recovery, I trained myself to get in touch with my intuition.This is something I still work on every day. Maintaining an intuitive mindset requires a moment-to-moment practice. If it wasn’t for my eating disorder, I wouldn’t have created my blog … to share my experiences with others, in hopes that I might inspire, connect, and grow along with others. This has become my life’s purpose: to inspire others, connect with others, and grow personally. Check. Check. Check.

So, from this “Divine Storm” came my life’s purpose. From this seemingly shitty setback came the best gift I could ever receive from the Universe. Trust that where you are right now is exactly where you need to be. What you don’t have is what you don’t need and what you do have is what you do need.

What about you? Are you grateful for the tough stuff? 

Stay lovely,
Heather 

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