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Metaphors for growing through hard times

Hey, I’m back from Ohio now. Back home, making some time to read and fill the tank. I have been making some time to process things and go through my healing. For anyone else, when you go through stuff like this. The loss of a sibling, or any hard experience in life. If you want to keep a positive perspective, there are two metaphors that I have found helpful.

One is that of strength training. When hard things happen, we are getting stronger even though we are very uncomfortable. When you lift weights, and especially when you lift heavy weights, when you’re in the bottom of the lift it’s a pretty uncomfortable place to be. But that’s also the most important position to be when you want to get stronger.

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The other metaphor is chipping away at a rock to sculpt something. You have to take off the raw materials that aren’t a part of the ultimate design to get to the final product. Which is the work of art, the thing of beauty.

In one case, pain is used to add. It’s used to build strength. Then in another instance, pain is used to take away. It’s used to take away things that are ultimately unnecessary or not useful.

I have found both of those metaphors encouraging. I’ve been able to find a little bit of both of those going on through this process for myself. I hope you find those helpful for your challenges in life. Thank you for watching this video. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

By Dan

Founder, Executive Director, Mental Health Counselor at Restored Life Counseling