Find Your Fire in Distraction and Distress…

Look around at the world today.  The economy, the environment…the ego.   The overwhelming desire to give in to the tragedy and chaos that surrounds us.  In challenging times one must strive to find the good.  To feel the gratitude.  To Find Your Fire.

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of struggle, fear, and frustration?  Job loss, money challenges, grief of losing a loved one, a relationship dissolving, health issues, or another of life’s trials?  In the moment, the fear and pain can be overpowering. 

But think back to a similar situation from your past…  Often times we can look back with the perspective of time and think “that moment was when I grew, became a better person, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that came from it.”

What if we could shorten the learning curve?  What if in the moment of the crisis we could search for the opportunity and find the lesson?  We know it’s there.  Why wait ten years to experience it?

Why wait to live joyfully??

If something in your life is not up to your expectations or is causing you strife, don’t allow yourself to focus only on the negativity.  Instead:

  • Attempt to find the lesson. Ask yourself what you can learn or how you can grow.
  • Find another area of your life where you can be grateful.  Take time to acknowledge the love in your life, the simple treats, or the possibilities that await you.
  • Find Your Fire- focus on one area of your life in which you can use your unique gifts to give back.  Sharing or contributing to something larger than yourself is a wonderful way to find your fire and enable you to work through challenging aspects of your life with more dignity and strength.

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”  Tom Bodett

Action Step:  Right now…in this moment…ask yourself, “What lesson can I find in the challenge I am currently facing?”

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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