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Life Stress: Life Is Challenging – And Also Exciting!

December 26, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

At some point all of us are playing the game of life in hard mode.  It doesn’t always happen, but when it does it really can be a source of torment.  And the harsh reality is that there are many people in this world who play life in hard mode almost all the time.

It’s critical to find a reason to be happy in the midst of life’s challenges.  Life is too short to be anything but happy.  To spend most of your time being unhappy is obviously a very miserable experience.

Ironically, a source of happiness is the various challenges that come our way.  Specifically, it’s in the excitement and thrill of facing such challenges and ultimately surmounting them where one can find fulfillment and happiness.  It’s actually a source of pride when you’re able to stretch yourself and achieve something great that never in your wildest imaginations you thought you could ever do.

There’s still some sense of comfort to be gained even during those times when you don’t succeed (yet), or things could have and should have turned out better than they did.  The times that you feel a lot of stress are the times that keep you humble and remind you that you’re still human; the day you don’t feel such is the day you’re dead.  Sometimes, the times that you’re in a lot of pain are the times that you feel the most alive, for the simple reason that you still feel; sometimes, this by itself is worth the experience.

I’m not sure if it’s possible to literally die of boredom.  But at the very least, figuratively it can happen.  When it seems like you have nothing more to live for in life, because there’s nothing left to fight for, then there doesn’t seem to be any point in life anymore.

Life would certainly be boring without the excitement that comes with the daily challenges you have to face.  It’s in the hardships of life where you’re forced to come out of your comfort zone, and it’s in doing so that you grow and eventually make things better for yourself.  If only for this reason alone, it makes the challenges of life exciting, knowing that ultimately such will help you become so much more than what you are now.

It’s said that what won’t kill you now will most likely try again next time.  But next time you will be stronger from the experience gained.  God is here for you now as you face the day’s challenges.  The next time such come up, He will still be there to face the challenge by your side.  In this world of constant change, take comfort in the thought that this is one never-changing reality of our faith, and for that reason be at peace.

Lastly, I’d like to think that looking at the challenges of life with a sense of excitement is a healthy form of mental conditioning.  You no longer fear that time is running out on you.  It’s no longer a dreaded countdown to the end of good things, but rather an enthusiastic countdown for the start of confronting the pressing concerns of the day, to get such resolved once and for all.

If you want to live a life of excitement, then the challenges that life throws at you is where you will get it.

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