Stars can’t shine without darkness: Changing your perspective on challenges

How can you measure the brightness of a star? A star’s brightness is measured by the amount of darkness that surrounds it. The greater the darkness, the brighter the star shines. Now imagine that you are that star but instead of being surrounded by total darkness, you are surrounded by challenges.

My philosophy is that challenges are unrecognizable opportunities that are commonly missed. Although challenges appear as unwanted difficulties that momentarily interrupt our lives, they serve a unique purpose that’s often misunderstood. You might think of challenges as obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals, but they are meant to move you out of your comfort zone and closer towards achieving your goals.  We all have things that we are believing for. We all have dreams that we want to accomplish. Most of us have businesses that we want to start. It’s easy to get discourage when we encounter obstacles and setbacks. But those hard times are meant to better you not break you. I know that eventually you will get through whatever obstacle you are facing but you will come out of the situation different. You can go through challenges and come out bitter or you can come out better. That choice is up to you. It’s easy to give up but that challenge is an opportunity for you to grow and get better. Think of it this way, if it was easy than anyone could do it. The challenges in your life serves a purpose but it’s up to you to realize that.

The greater the darkness the brighter the star shines. For what is the purpose of a star without darkness?  The same ability the star has to shine in darkness also hides within you. How can you realize your full potential without a challenge?

Loving From A Distance

Sometimes people have to exit your life because they can’t go where God is taking you. They have already served their purpose, especially the toxic people. Sometimes you have to break away from unhealthy people and relationships. God places people in our lives for a season and then once their season is over they have to go.

~ Don’t worry about the closed doors behind you. New doors are opening if you keep moving forward. ~

The wrong ones have to exit so that the right ones can enter. You must let them go so that you may elevate to the next level or else they may keep you at your current level. Give yourself permission to move on and let go of the excess baggage that’s weighing you down.

~You’ll never really see how toxic someone is until you breathe fresher air. ~

How often do we compromise ourselves and our happiness for those we love? This goes for family, friends, romantic interests or even acquaintances. Never settle for the sake of someone else. You don’t have to feel guilty about removing people from your life no matter what role they play.

Sometimes you have to burn bridges to create distance. The bridges you burn might keep you from returning to a bad situation.

~ I think it’s important to realize you can miss the memories that were created but not the person you created them with. ~

Sometimes you need to put yourself first. It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary!!!

Life takes us in different directions. When one chapter ends then another begins. Keep moving forward towards your destiny. Your story doesn’t end here.

Author: Fredrick Thompson


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