Having a smooth life is the ultimate wish, isn’t it? In my short life till now, one thing I have absolutely learned is that life is anything but smooth. It can never be a cakewalk.
They say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” (Other versions include, “grab tequila and salt”, “make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it”, etc.) Easier said than done though. It may be hard but it is not impossible.
Life will always throw challenges on your face. It may be in the form of people, health or situations. You might have to stay or work with people whose wavelengths don’t match with you. You might not be keeping well, or have to take care of of someone who doesn’t keep well all the time. You might be in a difficult relationship. You might have difficult children or relatives. You might have a difficult boss or subordinates. You might hate your job but need to continue due to various reasons. So challenges can be anything, but it’s up to you how you take them on.
We can crib, we can cry. Or we can take life head on and turn each challenge into a life lesson. Instead of blaming God for all of our problems and resigning to it as His will, we should remember that God helps those who help themselves.
Most of us are unhappy because we compare our lives with others, who we think are doing better than us. But everyone is fighting their battles. All that glitters is not gold. So you never know, what they are going through beneath the surface. And if at all you have to compare, compare your lives with those who are lesser privileged than yourselves. Look for inspiration in people who are not as blessed as you (in health or wealth or relationships) and yet making the best of their lives. Believe me, if you start counting your blessings, your problems will already shrink halfway.
Problems and difficulties in any form are the ingredients that season our lives. We should not be scared of them and embrace them openly. Look for the positives even when you are in deep shit. Find some humour in your situation (I personally do that). And at the end of it, we can only emerge out stronger and more seasoned. Without problems, our life would be just bland and we can never understand the true meaning of joy. And we humans never really appreciate things that come easy, do we? So tell life to bring it on.