Hidden Gifts

“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.”

Charles Swindoll

Life rarely goes as planned. We expect things to happen in a certain way, only to realise that they almost never do – or ever will – fulfil our more or less reasonable expectations.

Unexpected events, failures and surprises are an unavoidable part of our existence and there’s not much we can do about it, except for learning how to deal with them.

Again, my personal experience has taught me that there’s nothing we can take for granted and that self-reliance is absolutely crucial for overcoming obstacles.

At the same time, some things are unlikely or even impossible to change and the faster we move on, the sooner the feelings of anger and frustration will go away.

Easier said than done? Not necessarily. So often, we overlook or undervalue the good and blow up the problems. What if we tried the opposite approach?

By embracing, rather than resisting change, we can reach new levels of well-being and personal growth. That’s where the hidden gifts lie.

Hidden gifts are all good things that can come from experiencing hardship. Sometimes, what seems like a problem, or even a disaster, could be a blessing in disguise. 

A negative event can awaken ambition, motivation, and persistence, which eventually lead to progress and success. A loss or a failure can make you search for something better.

When facing an adversity, stop and seek for hidden gifts.

  • What have you gained from this situation?
  • What have you learned about yourself and others?
  • How does it help you in reaching your goals?

Research suggests that this positive interpretation is not due to a form of self-delusion but instead reflects personal growth.

From getting fired or dumped to dealing with health issues, every cloud has a silver lining. In other words, we’re more resilient than we think.

Have you ever experienced growth through hardship? Was it easy to find a silver lining in that situation? Please, share your stories in the comments section below.


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