In looking for Happiness; Challenges we must face.

I have been told on numerous occasions that no matter what I do, I succeed. I make it look so easy. I know what I am doing and I just do it. I am so good at what I do. I am so confident. Should I go on?

Frankly I don’t want to, because as much as that is the portrait drawn of me by others, close friends or acquaintances, that is not who I am inside.

Like everyone else, I face challenges. In every endeavor I set out to work on, I feel the fear and I fight the urge to give up. When I set out to try something new, I think twice and three times before I do.

But I do.

I clench my teeth and close my eyes, then I jump knowing that the end result is what I am seeking. Success.

In work, finances, relationships, health or any other aspect of your life, know that it is normal to feel the fear and to take a step back in front of the challenge. What ultimately feels amazing though is to overcome it.

In looking for Happiness, face the challenges by seeing how you can work on them one tiny step at a time.

The mountain to climb may look overwhelming at first but, when you believe that you can take it a bit at a time, soon the mountain looks more like a leisurely hiking trail leading to the top. The view from up there: your success!

Try it, do it and you will be proud to have made it to the top. You will even look forward to the next hill!


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2 Responses to “In looking for Happiness; Challenges we must face.”

  1. maria says:

    Hi! Yes, challenges….something I know a lot, sometimes too much, about. Being the parent of a special needs child, I have been facing various challenges for the passed 10 years (apart from the daily “normal” challenges we are all faced with). And yes, as you said,I face each challenge with a sigh and a smile. Just the other day as I was trying to explain to my 14 year old son how challenging it is to try to lead a normal life while trying to parent a physically disabled child, he turned to me and said: But you make it look so easy. If only he knew…

    At the end of each day, I rate my day by the challenges that I faced and how I dealt with them; I can easily say that I do go to sleep feeling fulfilled. To use your analogy, I look down from my mountain and see my success. Thank you for wording it so concisely.

    Carmen, many “mantras” see me through my days: “this too shall pass”; “this is just another stone on the path of life that needs to be kicked out of the way”; “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”;…I think you get the picture? But the one that has touched me the most, that I just read in the newspaper this week is: “Have the courage to live the life you’ve been given, and not the one you had planned”. I believe this applies to us all…..and of course, never forget to smile.

    Good night!

    • Carmen Marie says:

      Maria, you are indeed an inspiration to so many readers out there who don’t think they can survive challenges. You, who faces challenges daily, seeing your child face his own challenges himself, know what it is to feel satisfied at the end of the day, thinking you did it! Another day having surmounted what I may have thought unsurmountable yesterday!
      Great job Maria!! Keep doing what you’re doing! Your smile and inspirational story will help many others strive to look down from their success mountain saying, yay I did it too! <3

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