As you struggle forward in the days and weeks ahead, remind yourself, it is far better to be exhausted from lots of effort, learning and growth, than it is to be tired of doing absolutely nothing.

In 1914, the great inventor Thomas Edison experienced a devastating hardship. His entire laboratory burned down to the ground, and several years worth of his work was ruined. Newspapers described the situation as “the worst thing to happen to Edison!” But that wasn’t true, because Edison didn’t see it that way at all. The inventor instead chose to see his circumstances as an invigorating opportunity to rebuild and re-examine much of his current work. In fact, Edison reportedly said shortly after the fire, “Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start again fresh.” And that’s exactly what he and his team did.

Think about how this relates to your life. How many times have you heard it was the end, when it was really the beginning?. How many hopeless labels have been slapped over your inner hope?. Probably more often than you realize. The truth is, life’s “fires” happen to all of us. We all go through circumstances, big and small, that deeply effect us. Yet, a great deal of our pain exists entirely in our minds. When we attach ourselves to ideals and fantasies about how reality has to be in order to be good enough for us, we only make matters worse.

It’s time to step forward without painful judgments.

Recently, COVID-19 has been one of the primary reasons so many of us are preoccupied. The new normal we’ve been forced to live through has been quite confining both mentally and physically. Everything basically changed overnight, leaving us yearning for the good old days. Yes, so much has been postponed, closed or canceled recently. But not everything. And it’s important to bring this into your present awareness. Right now there are plenty of opportunities to invest in the little things that matter most. The key is to not let life’s difficulties cloud your vision. Think about the most gut-wrenching situations you’ve endured in your past. Doing so likely brings up some very uncomfortable feelings and the associated attachments you have may stir anxiety, anger or sadness. This is a predicament many of us face.

Now imagine how you would feel if you were able to get over these feelings. By “get over” I mean no longer suffering over something that cannot be controlled. So what’s the secret, there isn’t a one size fits all answer, but all of the possible answers start with releasing your judgments. The truth is, it’s impossible to get over a difficult situation to let it go if you’re still obsessively judging it and comparing it to something else. Let’s revisit one specific gut wrenching situation from your past again choose one that still stirs negative emotions.

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