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Reach the Skies via Blessings in Disguise

Thursday, June 13, 2019

 

 We've all heard the phrase 'a blessing in disguise' and are familiar with stories of people overcoming huge difficulties or amazing odds to achieve great things. And we all have our own stories of challenges overcome and understand that the more difficult the struggle, the sweeter the rewards.

Those blessings in disguise can take the form of ‘afflictions', ‘misfortunes' or accidents, that, with the benefit of hindsight or thoughtful perspective we come to recognise as positives - as they have helped develop our talents, build our strengths, or put us in the ‘right place at the right time’.

I was a normal farm boy growing up but when, in my late teens, I 'discovered' TaeKwon Do and found my path in life as an instructor and teacher  I also learned to my horror that I had degenerative arthritis in both hips. This wasn't great news for practicing TaeKwonDo, which requires super flexibility, particularly in the hip joints.

There were times I became discouraged, depressed and angry- Why me?- by the pain and stiffness. I had to do a lot of extra work, stretching and conditioning to be able do things others found easy.

After some years, however, I recognised this as my own blessing in disguise. My "problem" had forced me to discipline myself, -something I hadn't done before - and the extra work I had to do made up for a lack of athletic talent, as well as helped overcome a natural inclination to be lazy.

Another affliction that I've been blessed with is a spectacular intolerance of certain foods. Eating them has unpleasant results better not gone into here. There were times I felt I was missing out, but viewed from another angle it's a real blessing, as having stopped eating those foods has resulted in eating better overall. Outcome, better health.

Years ago my wife was forced out of a job, which seemed at the time to be the end of the world. Now she is SO grateful it happened as it provided the impetus - and opportunity - to find her true path.

Now, when life throws up challenge or thing don’t go as planned we’ve learned to look for the opportunity, the blessing in disguise, the silver lining in the dark cloud. It’s just a matter of perspective.

Have a great week