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How I Learn: When Life Gets Hard, Live Through It and Grow Through It!

Updated on July 12, 2017
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Writing is my passion. I have an undying thirst and quest in the field of writing. Some eat, drink or use drugs when stress, I write.

When your life is "falling apart," it is so easy to get discouraged. I have had a season of life where I felt like a big hole has opened up on the earth, and I fell in. Furthermore, the most challenging part is regardless how hard I struggle to climb out; I just couldn't seem to. During my road to self-discovery, a journey of finding life's purpose, I re-read a journal I wrote years ago at one of my lowest moments. Although I did not realize it then, I died a little on the inside and was reborn to rise again as a wiser version of myself. That very day I learn when life gets hard, live through it and grow through it.

As I experience feeling stagnant inside, I can remember living life as to where I felt utterly helpless and powerless as I wonder as to where my next meal is coming from and if I would have a roof over my head. Also, I felt the need to take the time to reflect on the person I am — and the woman I desire to be. Without goals and a purpose, it's easy over time, to change into someone you don't want to become. But, for the most part, I have watched the person I care about the most suffer and ache with the deepest soul wounds. Additionally, I had the pleasure of thoroughly living a lavish life and as there’s nothing else for me to do but shop, overspend and give out to family and friends as they hang around just to use me for a convenience.

Like most of us, I’ve been on both sides of the fence, and I understand both needs and wants. I have no control over the outside world. However, I do have control of myself, and that gave me a burning urge that was so powerful that it pulled me out of bed in the morning during times I found myself almost too depressed to get out of bed. In all of those experiences I’ve had, I have realized how to choose the right path. Sure, there are differences of paths, but, when I narrow it down to the necessary truth, I often know the right path to take, but I often struggle with making a choice because the route I need to take is often a difficult one filled with obstacles, unknowns, and hard work.

There are advantages and disadvantages to being able to live in both worlds; I have learned the advantage is it easy when you have plenty, thinking you are surrounded by love and giving when you have enough. However, the disadvantages are when it times to deal with struggles, having little, it is hard to live with, and it hurt like no other. It brings to all the complicated stuff life throws at you. As a matter of fact, my life felt as if I were so alone, although there were others in my life. I learned loneliness is when a person think they are a fragment instead of a whole; you FEEL lonely when you are not alone, but, now I can understand not feeling complete since I learn when life gets hard, live through it and grow through it.

Furthermore, too often we seek fulfillment from the foreman, our earnings, certain market conditions or something outside to change, but to be free to learn to live in hard times one must have a desire. My passion gave me the motivation to change my life because I had this burning desire to be successful and it forced me to identify, visualize and move my mind and body towards a particular type of life that I want to live.

After re-reading my journal, it was a reminder of how thankful I am today – I am grateful for each new day that God grants to me, a do-over a second chance. Although "I blew it years ago. I do feel that I could have saved myself a couple of years here and there if I'd just told myself, stop having so much pride, swallow my ego and ask for help, pride gets you into debt and stops you from seeking out a solution. It is said that of all the sins, pride is the lead. I believe that to hold true value, but I was also busy wallowing in self-pity. Don't misunderstand me it is okay to do a little wallowing, as long as it does not paralyze; my problem was I allow it to deaden me. Not anymore, I learn when life gets hard, live through it and grow through it.

For me, not knowing how to "swallow my pride" meant feeling as if I was in a 'Battle for my Mind,' a series of trains ride, through my brain, and there's no stopping for rest or sleep. If only I had pushed my pride aside to know the core of not having to learn the hard way. Although it would have bothered me to ask for help; if I could go back in time, I would "swallow my pride," and ask even though it would feel awkward. Asking would have avoided all the embarrassment that occurred and prevents the time when I would stress, and the various concerns that prevented me from falling asleep. Now, instead of focusing on what I do not have, I focus on what I have. That's how I learn when life gets hard, live through it and grow through it.

Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, willingness, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for personal or professional purposes. When learning how to live and grow in life, this is a lifelong habit; it is about getting in touch with fears, staying in touch with the physical feeling of doubt, embracing and welcoming and being curious about whatever is in front of you.

Life has been very hard for me yet, at the same time, it has taught me a good ordeal. I learned that I would repeatedly end up disappointed and hurt to think people will do for me as I did for them. Especially since not everyone has the same heart like me, I had to accept things as they are, if I did not, I would suffer because I imagined differently. Yes, we have all faced various levels of hindrances, disappointments, and sadness, just as some have had days where they wake up wondering what will go wrong next. From those kinds of days, I learn there is just no way I can always control what happens to me. Certainly, there will be days when people and life's circumstances occasionally knock me down. From that, I want to revisit and discuss how I was tempted to lose hope.

A year ago, before I found peace, I would wake up feeling liveness trying to make it through the day with only a few hours of sleep and not know how to begin living. I felt as if my heart been crushed beyond recognition repeatedly. There were times when I was unsure of the decisions I made, and sometimes I was sure they were wrong choices. I even went through situations where my path was utterly unclear, and I did not know if I want to continue the next step or just walk off a cliff. However, now, I plan and know how to handle my life, and I am the first to acknowledge that when life gets hard, don’t give up, you can live through it, and grow through it.

Things got so hard and rough that I had to remind myself not to allow life and its challenges to continue choosing a negative future for me. It seems like the people I felt I need was becoming more and more disconnected from me, I felt lonely and afraid. Also, I allow the people I care about the most to affect my overall mood swing. There were times when I waited and waited. For minutes. For hours, even for days, longing to hear friends and loves one voice, but all I had was silence. Then I came to the realization I did not need to listen to their voices or excuses or what they have to say for themselves because their actions already spoke the truth.

Though I felt alone and disappointed, I decided they all treat me like an option, so I left like what I had a choice. Although it hurts to let go, I knew it would hurt me more to hold on. Yes, it was one of those times I feel a sense of loss, but, I decided I WILL survive and I WILL get through this. I learn from my fear that if I let go of the things I am terrified of and step out on faith, I can live a peaceful life and, I can overcome my anxiety. I discovered from not letting go of my fear that it when I was overwhelmed. I had no idea of where to go. However, to have faith and get out of God’s way, He will help me repair the mess I made of my life and bring me out.

One of the most difficult things anyone may ever have to deal with is how sad it is to realize you are not as important to your friends and love ones as you thought you were. I found myself in this situation, and I wondered ‘How can this be God?’ ‘There no way I can continue.' Especially, since the people closest to me that I thought would support me was gone and as I attempt to balance my daily workload, I was in search of answers as to what am I to do in these trials times.

On my journey to find peace, I was reminded there would come times when I will get tired and exhausted, I would even be betrayed by those closest to me but be determined not to quit. Also, I remembered my God are with me, and that encourage me to stick to my goals, hear these words when I say God was working for my good and I made it through, so, remember when life gets hard, you can live through it, grow through it.

How I Learn: When Life Get Hard, live through it  and grow through it.

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"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up." John C. Maxwell
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"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself." Walter Anderson
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"You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind." Joyce Meyer
"Courage is on display every day, and only the courageous wring the most out of life". Zig Ziglar
 
 
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill
 

Today, I closed the door to the past, & decided to open the door to the future! Take a deep breath and step on through and, start a new chapter in my life

© 2017 Pam Morris

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      Pam Morris 3 months ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Thank you, Patty, for your reply. Sound like you earn a lot from life's struggles as I have. The saying, what doesn't kill you, can make you stronger is accurate, and I learn that the hard way. I will make sure I read your poem; I am sure it's awesome. Thank you again for your well worth reply, and I appreciate your kind words of encouragement.

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      Patty Florence 3 months ago from Illinois

      I love how you format your articles. You seem to put alot of thought into your work. I've gain some nice insights and will continue to grow through my struggles. Some things I been there, done that. Thank you and keep up the good work. ps. especially like those quotes. I wrote a poem. "I don't have the courage, but I will try".

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      Pam Morris 3 months ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Thank you so much Dianemae, I appreciate your response and the compliment.

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      Dianemae 3 months ago

      I like your line," I do have control over myself"We all do and we need to take it and be responsible. Great article with plenty of thought and real solutions, or ideas to get you thinking.

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      Pam Morris 3 months ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Thank you very much, Angel, for telling me my article is a Great article and it's Very moving and motivational. I'm so pleased to know that it brightens your day. I'm flattered that you think it's worthy of sharing to do as I hoped it do to help and encourage others going through struggles!

      Thank again for your kind comments

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      Angel Guzman 3 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Great article. Very moving and motivational.