“When it rains it pours.”
I think most of us have had the occasion to mutter that phrase every once in a while.
Kind of like trying to plan a Bar Mitzvah
(after being in denial about the upcoming event for months), having your daughter come down with chicken pox…
and then having your husband end up with a cast on his dominant hand.
Yesterday, when I was having a moment of self pity (even though I was not the one itching or wearing a cast) it occurred to me that the challenges in life and the way you handle them are what end up defining you and your life.
As a nurse working in oncology, day in and day out I see the tremendous power of challenges and how they can make or break you. One thing I know for certain is that the greater the challenges you face, the greater the potential for growth.
And as I was watching the pouring rain hit the ground yesterday, I realized that life’s challenges are akin to rain.
Rain can be a pain in the neck, at times depressing and it can even cause a lot of damage. But without rain, we would have no water. The water that is needed for growth and nourishment.
Challenges cause us to reevaluate things, to think things through and to find new ways to cope, change and be inspired. Challenges are an impetus for growth.
And as the rain drops continued to fall, I stopped feeling sorry for myself because I remembered that things that seem bad or annoying are sometimes gifts in disguise.
So next time it rains, I will do my best to remind myself that rain is needed for growth.
How do you cope with life’s challenges?