Posts tagged ‘adversity’

August 5, 2017

The path to happiness lies behind Doors 1, 2, 3 and more

Have you ever been floored by some tragic or particularly challenging life event, only to spend your time pining for the way things were before? Here’s a new way to look at your situation, courtesy of the ever-wise Helen Keller:

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

There is always more than one positive direction each of our lives can take. If a door to one of those directions closes, it’s OK to spend some time mourning that direction, but then turn and look around you. There are so many other versions of a happy, healthy you just waiting to come to life, if only you give them the attention they deserve. ❤

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March 1, 2013

March challenge: Be like a birch tree

The Ukrainian word for the month of March means “birch tree.”

In Celtic culture, the birch tree represents growth, renewal, stability, initiation and adaptability.  According to Avia Venefica on her web site Whats-Your-Sign.com:

The birch is highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions with casual indifference.  Proof of this adaptability is seen in its easy and eager ability to repopulate areas damaged by forest fires or clearings.  Bright and beautiful, the birch is a pioneer, courageously taking root and starting anew to revive the landscape where no other would before.

Your challenge this month — should you encounter challenge or harsh conditions in your own life — is to be like the birch tree.  Find ways to adapt to your situation, without fear or favour.  Strive to outlast the storms of adversity with your own flexibility, and lay roots in any new soil (or old ashes) you find before you.  Stand tall and beautiful in your new surroundings, whether you asked for them or not, and extend your branches up to the sun.  Like the birch tree, you can thrive here.  You can thrive anywhere.  Thrive, shine and grow.