“Let the hard things in life break you. Let them affect you. Let them change you. Let those hard moments inform you. Let this pain be your teacher. The experiences of your life are trying to tell you something about yourself. Don’t cop out on that. Don’t run away and hide under your covers. Lean into it.” [Pema Chödrön]
How much of your day do you spend insulating, isolating, and anesthetizing yourself, all in the hope of moving away from fear and discomfort? Like a muscle grows stronger under increased strain and demand, so too do we grow stronger by meeting adversity head on. By embracing the hard moments in life, we tap into our greatest teacher and learn that we are not only stronger than we think but also beacons of hope for others.