“Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” – Buddha
Six years ago, I was at the lowest point in my life. I had just gone through a devastating breakup with a guy who I was certain was “the one.” I was struggling to find happiness in my career (a career that I had just invested eight years of my life and more than two hundred thousand dollars into). I was living with my brother (which was fine in and of itself, just not what I had imagined), and I was feeling completely and utterly directionless and alone.
I wasn’t really sure what I had expected my life to be at that point, but it definitely wasn’t what I wanted. Little did I know, the stage was being set for something much greater to unfold.
That low point in my life was the catalyst that drove me to find my therapist Peggy, who over the next three years guided me on a journey back to myself (the most important journey I would ever take). She reminded me of my importance, of my inherent worth and my power to decide what I wanted in this life. She helped rediscover hope and inspiration, and re-opened my eyes to possibilities I had written off for myself a long time ago.
Two years after I hit that low, I left my job and set out to redefine for myself what life could look like. I bought a house. I took time off. I explored my heart. I started a coaching business. I discovered I am stronger and capable of so much more than I ever dreamed.
And as my life began to transform in ways that were beyond my imagination, I realized that what felt like a massive low was actually a blessing in disguise. A blessing that would help me rediscover who I truly am and what I want in this life. A blessing that would grant me the courage to follow my heart and set me back along the path I was meant to be on. A blessing that would allow me to face future challenges with more faith and ease. And while I’m still working on the romance part (which will come in due time 🙂 ), my life is actually pretty amazing right now.
I believe that every seemingly negative situation we encounter holds an opportunity for healing. My experience six years ago was a big one, but it doesn’t always have to be that massive. We can allow the day to day things that bother us to be transformative, too.
The trick is to allow ourselves to be with the experience, to feel the feelings rather than resisting them or burying them deep within. When we allow ourselves the loving space to do this, something magical occurs as past hurts become transformed in the present. Suddenly, we’re guided to see something in a new light. Or perhaps the situation or experience simply no longer has a hold over us, and we move forward feeling lighter, more joyful. This is the blessing. This is the miracle.
Have you ever had a difficult experience that turned out to be a blessing? Tell me about it in the comments!