When bad things happen in your life, do you feel victimized? “Why Me?” “I can’t believe this is happening to me.” ”I don’t deserve this.”

If you’re nodding your head, let’s talk about that…

The entire life experience—every ounce of it—is a gift. If you can clear the cobwebs and remember back to high school biology, it’s an absolute miracle how we come to be, so none of it should be wasted, not even the “bad” times, missed opportunities, and supposed failures.

Can you challenge yourself to re-frame how you look at failure? What is failure, really? It’s an opportunity for higher learning. So, these moments are opportunities for growth if you can take them as that.

In fact, the word crisis in Chinese is formed with the characters for danger and opportunity. Therefore, a crisis presents traumatic disruption or threat, but it also presents a unique opportunity for growth.

Interesting way to look at it, right?

No matter what has happened to me, I try to see what I can learn from the experience. This week, I want you to try the same. Take a look at what is going on in your life or what has happened, and rather than labeling it as “that crappy breakup” or “the job that gave me insomnia,” can you mine the experience for the gold?

Share the treasure you find buried beneath the “bad” experience.

I hope you have an amazing week and, as always, take care of you.

Love Love Love


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  1. Terri, an important message as usual, and I think having you as a teacher is also truly a gift.Thanks for all you do.

  2. A great message for the week, Terri! I try to impart this to clients in my practice. Often we cannot see the nuggets until time has passed. If we learn to trust the process of life, it flows and we learn from all of our experiences, the good and the bad! Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  3. The discouraging experiences we have encountered in the past makes us that much stronger later. Today I am a support group Facilitator, the work is rewarding considering the fact that I am giving back to others
    by sharing and relating personal experiences with others who have similar issues in their lives.

    1. Brad-
      Sharing your experiences and how you overcame your own struggles is such a gift to others and according to Deepak Chopra adds Karma to your Karma bank 😉 That is not the reason to do it just a nice thought of a side benefit-keep up the good work!

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