What am I supposed to be learning right now?

When you’re going through a rough patch, What’s the first thing you tell yourself about what it means?

The past week has been rough for me healthwise. I fear my MS Is progressing more rapidly than I would like. This is despite my efforts to exercise daily and radically improve my diet.
 
I’m a little frightened and feeling discouraged. I realize, however, that staying in this place doesn’t produce the kind of thinking I want to live in. 

While listening to a conversation this morning between colleagues. I heard this question posed, “It’s important to ask yourself during difficult times, ‘What am I supposed to be learning right now?'”

It’s an important reminder that regardless of how difficult your experience is. You can see those difficulties as perpetual punishment or perpetual preparation. Preparation for what, you might ask?

 
Preparation to be an even greater service to those watching you live your life. You don’t live in a vacuum my friend, you live in a family and a community. Regardless of how easy it is to get sucked into your own stuff. 

Try to remember it’s not only about you. It’s also about those who live their lives as part of yours.
 
Choose a path that’s good for all considered. It’s the simple everyday choices to live the best life you can, regardless of the circumstances. That makes all the difference.

Thoughts on this?

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