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The Universe is a Great Teacher

The Universe is a Great Teacher

You will never be given a challenge or crisis that you can’t handle, though while in the midst of it, it can feel overwhelming and lead you to negative or depressing thoughts. During times like this, remember that our challenges always have a purpose. They are helping us grow, and eventually will reveal to us valuable gifts about ourselves, and the world around us, that we are currently blind to.

The best way to cope with your challenges in the moment is to keep asking yourself, “What am I getting out of this (besides pain and frustration)?” “Am I seeing how much people care?” “Am I learning new things about myself that I didn’t know?” “Am I developing compassion and/or understanding others in new ways?” “Am I meeting people, learning things, or doing things that I would never have, had I not had this challenge in my life?”

There is a divine order and a purpose for everything that is happening in your life. The deeper you look, and the more you take the time to do so, the easier it will be for you to let go of the mindset that your challenge is “the worst thing ever.” Just as calm weather exists in the eye of a cyclone, so also can you experience peace and balance by looking for the hidden blessings.

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Alice Inoue

Alice Inoue is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happiness University. She is an expert life guide, and author of five nationally award-winning books on life wisdom, self-growth and happiness. She has two columns, one in MidWeek titled “A Mindful Moment,” and an award-winning column in the Sunday Star-Advertiser called “Go Ask Alice” that offers pertinent life guidance. Through Happiness U, she helps both companies and individuals develop positive mindsets in order to live more inspired in both their professional and private lives. www.yourhappinessu.com

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