Stepping Stones

Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine… [your] values and goals…Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.”
~ Marsha Sinetar

Good morning!  If you take a moment and really think about this statement, it provides a fresh perspective. What one person perceives as a challenge or “down” might be perceived as an opportunity or “up” by another person. That doesn’t make one person right or the other person wrong, but it demonstrates that we are each unique individuals with unique values and goals. What makes me happy may be quite different from what makes you happy. Each “up and down” provides us “the window to determine our values and goals” and discover what we desire in our life.

One approach I have found very helpful in building the ideal life (and self-discovery in general) is the process of elimination. It isn’t always easy to uncover what would make us happy. We might think we know, but often we get to that place and discover what we thought we needed, isn’t really the “key” to our happiness. Sometimes it is easier to observe what doesn’t make us happy. By keeping a list of what answers “don’t work” for us, we become like an inventor for our life. Each combination that doesn’t work, lead us closer to finding the combination that will.

Your Turn:
Instead of allowing your moods and energy to flow with “ups and downs,” take a step back and observe each up and down as an opportunity to learn more about inventing the life you desire.

Your Affirmation:
Each day is filled with opportunities to expand, refine and improve my life direction.


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