I am traveling this week and unable to post. This is a re-post from Spring of 2007.
We all have times where what we are going through seems to be pure hell. It could be something happening with our career or something going on with one of the relationships in our life, or some other sort of personal struggle that we are going through. As part of the human condition, as part as our growth experience there are times where we struggle with some aspect of our life’s journey. No matter where we are in our journey, we will be thrown some curve balls, there will be bumps in the road and there will be times where we feel like we are going through a personal hell.
Winston Chruchill’s simplistic quote, “If you are going through hell, keep going” is a great lesson for all of us. When we are going through “hell” it is very easy to get caught up in the muck of it, become despondent and even come to a grinding halt. In other words, we are going through hell, we hate it, we become depressed, unmotivated and we become stuck in a hellish situation. How crazy is that? Like a deer frozen in the headlights of a car, we stop moving forward and we stay in “hell”, despite the fact that we need to move forward to extract ourselves from hell.
A key to being able to move forward is to be aware and to stay balanced. The awareness that I speak of is the awareness to know that no matter what transpires in our life, that all things happen for a reason, that there is a lesson in all things that happen on our journey. If we can maintain awareness to the point of understanding to be open and ready for the lesson, then we can take a positive away from the worst of experiences. Maintaining this awareness is what helps to propel us forward, it is what keeps us moving so that we do not linger or become stuck in “hell”.
If you are currently in some sort of personal hell and you seem stuck, not knowing how to move forward even though you desperately want to move forward, the first steps that you need to take is to acknowledge that you are stuck and acknowledge that this feeling of non-movement is self imposed. Once you become aware that this feeling of being stuck in “hell” is self imposed, you must then step outside yourself and look to see what lesson can be gained from this experience, what are you here to learn. Once you are able to discern the lesson then you have taken the first step at moving forward. This simple change in perspective is the catalyst for forward movement. This is the moment where your inner self is reawakened, the moment you reconnect with your source and you realize that you no longer have to stay in a hellish situation. You have the power to make the changes that are needed to accelerate your positive growth.
The key is to recognize your personal power, the power of your spirit and to take the first step!
“The two things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision”