Our Times of Struggle

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful”

-Sigmund Freud

I love this quote and wanted to share. I believe this is true because it is often these time of struggle when life is real, life is challenging, and we learn genuine truths about ourselves and others around us. I’m sure we all have at least one experiences that we wish never happened; but consider the difficult experiences you have had as a whole. Consider those experiences that required you to persevere, sweat, concentrate, and maybe even wince a little (literally or figuratively speaking). Would you take those moments away? Are they significant to your life? My answer is “No, I wouldn’t take them away,” and “Yes, they made me who I am today.” I am going to think about this the next time I experience a challenge in life, as well as when my kids experience challenges in their lives.

What about you? Will you grumble through the hard times, or will you take a deep breath and re-frame your experience?

Author: Kim Peterson, MA, LPC-S, RPT

Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist in Dallas, Texas.

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