The choice is sink or swim in the challenges of life.
Every problem or obstacle is a challenge. For every bad period in life there is a good period in life. In crisis you have a choice to sink or swim. These three insights are useful to consider when life gets hard.
It is through challenges you grow. It is through the experience of the bad times that you appreciate the good. It is through attacking crisis head on that you emerge through the other side.
I have hit a rough patch. The second cold since Christmas has emerged to challenge me; snow has fallen; it is cold; I have to go out to work in challenging weather with a cold; I have to balance out multiple business demands; I am dazed with so much change going on in my life; and I am stressed.
I eased back yesterday to fight the cold, hammering it with vitamins, paracetamol, soups, honey and rest. I put off a client until today, my admission of a cold sounded as weak as telling a teacher my dog had eaten my homework. In fact my efforts to kill my cold ended in a reaction like one would expect from poking an angry dog with a stick. Did I say I was stressed?
Sitting back yesterday watching war documentaries on the internet at least got me in the frame of mind that I am up for a fight. This is war. I am on the attack against the cold, I am fighting a defensive action to keep my clients happy. I am working on a strategy on being a better parent to my body, this second cold being my second warning.
Looking on the bright side, whilst the rest of Britain has been buried in snow, Colchester escaped with a lighter brushing. I can cope with the snow. I am liaising between retailers and art gallery today so at least I will be less in the cold. The cold is near the end of its lifecycle, and I still have avoided flu, plus that vomiting bug going around. A week or so from now I will sit back and laugh at this.
I took some time to read a few WordPress blogs yesterday. A talented writer, who annoyingly never replies to comments by their readers was indulging in a story of self pity claiming they are a useless writer. I had purchased their book, and was less than impressed at their claims of woe. They had set their target too high for many book sales in a limited market, then when they predictably failed, they indulged in a post of self hatred. So here is me in my challenging situation reading a blog of someone having a life crisis over nothing; I unfollowed.
So there you have it. I am fighting through my challenges, and I intend to win. Did I say I was stressed?