Turning Life’s Obstacles Around

Taken from the “Adversity” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently

“Many of the most iconic novels, songs and inventions of all time were inspired by gut-wrenching pain and heartbreak. Therefore, the silver lining of these great challenges is that they were the catalyst to the creation of epic masterpieces.

An emerging field of psychology called Post-Traumatic Growth has suggested that many people are able to use their hardships and traumas for substantial creative and intellectual development. Specifically, researchers have found that trauma can help people grow in areas of interpersonal relationships, contentment, gratitude, personal strength, and resourcefulness..

When our view of the world as a safe place, or as a certain type of place, has been shattered, we are forced to reboot our perspective on things. We suddenly have the opportunity to look out to the periphery and see things with a new, fresh set of beginner’s eyes, which is very conducive to personal growth and long-term success.”

My perspective on this:

Sometimes serious adversity can be a gift to embrace. It is a springboard into action.  With new-found courage, faith, and gut-intuition you can launch yourself towards your hearts desires and dreams knowing this is exactly what is wanted for you from above…


One thought on “Turning Life’s Obstacles Around

  1. Thank you Holly. I love your perspective and agree that adversity can and in my case, WILL be a spring board for action. All too often we don’t get a 2nd chance to make things right. I’m absolutely going to make a change in literally EVERY aspect of my life. I know that in order to live a healthy & happy life, I have to clean house in each compartment of my life that I still cling to despite the pain it has caused me for years. I have to learn how to be a forgiving person & let things go that I have used as an excuse for my short comings & failures. I have to be a big girl now and make big girl decisions that may feel selfish, but are based on my needs, my daughter & husbands needs. I have to stop worrying about trying to make everyone else happy, especially those who will never be pleased. I need to stop living my life worrying about my reflection to the world & worry about my reflection on my family…the ones who care, the ones who really matter. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason, in this case I think i get what my assignment is. I have lots of work to do! Thanks so much for lifting me up when I’ve been at my lowest, most desperate time of my life. I know you are suffering with a terrible loss yourself and I can’t express how truly sad I am for you. I haven’t lost anyone close to me yet and dread the day I ever do, I don’t know that I can survive that kind of pain. I admire your strength and hope that you continue to find comfort in what you’re now doing to help others going through their own difficult journey. Bless you! 🙂


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