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Are there surprising benefits in challenging times?

There are two ways to think about painful events from our past.

I can think of past traumas in my life — such as the sudden loss of a spouse, the abrupt collapse of the spiritual community that had been my home, two bouts of depression — as afflictions. Which they were, of course, or so I thought at the time. There were times I wouldn’t have minded at all if I didn’t wake up in the morning.

But as I enter my 80th year I’m thrilled out of my gourd to see a potentially rich opportunity in those devastating experiences that I didn’t see before in quite the same way.

The lessons we have learned may assist others

The lessons you and I have learned and the ways in which we navigated our way back from hell may assist others and be of interest to others as they face similar challenges in their own life.

To be very blunt and practical about this, I believe I may be able to create interesting and inspirational “products” based in my own life lessons and experiences that could make a difference in other people’s lives. While at the same time they create a living for me and JoAnn in our latter years.

Perhaps the same opportunity is there for you too if you are interested?

A win-win situation

This is what Martha Beck, the celebrated life coach says in her great new book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: “A lot of people tell me, ‘I need to find my passion.’ They rarely realize that the word ‘passion’ is from the Latin pati, ‘to suffer”, or that passion originally meant ‘pain’ (as in The Passion of the Christ)…

“Wayfinders of all cultures know that healing the self from any kind of torment is the groundwork for healing others, for creating positive change in the world of Form and thereby establishing your career, your life’s work.” It’s a win-win idea, she affirms.

“Can I really be happy after living through this hell?”

Martha goes on to say: “Without deep suffering, menders can’t possibly help the people who will later look into their eyes and ask, “Can I really be happy after living through this hell?”

Count on it, she says. “Whatever you’re suffering is leading you toward your life’s purpose. It’s giving you depth, resonance, street cred. It’s turning you into a healer – on one condition: you must not stop tracking.”

Please share your thoughts. I send you blessings and hope you’ll enjoy the picture of the large blue spruce tree that grows just outside our front door. It’s May 1 as I write these words. How I love this magnificent tree as it puts out new shoots (buds?) in readiness for the next phase of its life.

Oh, and by the way, a wild bunny lives under this tree. It’s the strangest thing. He (or is it she?)  seems to show up and say hello at just the right time when I’m feeling a bit challenged by something or other.

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