What I'm about to share with you may seem like a bit of a stretch. I want you to keep reading with a calm heart and an open mind. Take a deep breath, read it slowly and allow it to sink in.
Imagine that before you were born, you were given a choice of what life to live.
Imagine that all the different lives were lined up in front of you, and you could choose any one that you liked, and you consciously chose yours.
You knew full well all of the trials and challenges that you would face.
You knew of all the good times and hard times you would enjoy and endure.
You knew everything your body would go through, the falls, the illnesses, the surgeries, the pain - even the stretch marks, the cellulite, and the extra kilos. You chose it anyway.
You chose it all, as a gift to yourself.
For you to utilise, love and enjoy, every day of your life.
While you may not remember making these decisions, thinking about them now will help you appreciate what you have been through and who you have become.
When times get tough, as hard as it can be, trust in the greater plan of the universe. The plan is bigger and better than you know.
You chose this life for a reason.
When something doesn't turn out as you hoped it would, whether it is that promotion you missed out on, the relationship that ended, or the friend you lost - trust in your choice.
All of the struggles you are going through are preparing you for a bigger and brighter future. The difficulties you are facing now, are moulding you into the person you will become.
One day, you will look back and be glad things didn't work out the way you once hoped they would. You will realise how much stronger you are because of those hard times, and you will be grateful they happened.
So if you are going through something tough right now, whatever it is, remind yourself that one day you will look back and appreciate this lesson.
I hope this makes you reframe your thinking, and appreciate everything you have and have been through.
I'll leave you with a favourite quote of mine from Maya Angelou:
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”