Reflect and galvanise
In tough situations we are faced with our deepest fears, and our pain becomes like a mirror. Adjusting our perspective to what is reflected through that mirror is the game changer — face your struggles; look them in the eye and stand up to what makes you afraid.
There is no freedom or release in denial or looking away. Freedom is found in the weave and inflections of the storm that you will pass through. Whatever challenges you may be up against only hold the strength you give to them. You can only move through struggles once you acknowledge and accept them — the polarity of life cannot be avoided.
It’s your story, choose to change the story and write a different chapter, one that says this is not my destination; it’s just a small part of my journey. Let your will be stronger than your wounds and your fortitude greater than your fears. Galvanise all you have within; defeat is simply a state of mind.
Look for your new beginning
There is no end point; everything has the chance for revival. In the midst of darkness there lies your new beginning, a fresh hope, and a spark of light that shines for a way forward.
Seek out your new start, and use your rock bottom place as a point to ‘springboard’ forward from it. When things fall apart it is often because the foundations were not strong enough in the first place, or you have simply outgrown that environment, relationship, or workplace. We have a magical ability to mend. Life offers us many opportunities to evolve and realize our inner strength and courage. We need to be open to what could be. Power lies in the possibilities.
Curiosity and creativity need fresh breathing space to wash in with new energy. In order to accept these gifts with hearts wide open, we first need to let go of what no longer serves its purpose for growth and contentment. We have the intrinsic ability to regenerate and reinvent ourselves at any time, and just like the legend of the phoenix goes, we can be reborn from the ashes and rise to greater glory more wonderfully than before. The phoenix does not deny the death and destruction, her power and victory lies in her resurgence from it.
A retrospective blessing
We can easily fall into anxiety and spirals of fear born from shattered hopes and dreams. We frequently question harsh circumstances because we don’t understand their purpose — you think to yourself “Why me?”
We may even feel like we are somehow being punished for any past wrongs or mistakes that we made. Remember that life does not punish you, yet it will push and prepare you. Your journey is something that you craft and create according to your unique life experiences.
In truth we won’t understand the value of our trials and tribulations until we are in a position to look back at them and see how they made us wiser and stronger. Adversity only serves to ignite and fire up our resolve. It nudges us to dig deep and keep uncovering layers of our own inherent wisdom — the deeper we go, the more truth we find. Don’t expect to have all the answers right away, but trust that at some point you will be able to look back and connect the dots to find the blessing.
Our lowest points are insightful places we unconsciously or subconsciously choose as transportation to a more inspired and meaningful sphere of life. When you are hit hard is when you can hit back and find a unique way to illuminate your way through the darkness. It is only when we are struck and jolted from comfort that our survival instincts kick in. It is a chance for metamorphosis — the breaking of the butterfly out of the cocoon, and into transformation new territory.
Rock bottom can be a gift that sparks your way to greatness: the phoenix doesn’t fear the flames — she immerses herself in them because she knows her beautiful renewal awaits.