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Tag: Struggle

Your conflicts

I was listening to Dr. Gabor Maté, a Hungarian-Canadian physician specializing in childhood trauma, on The Tim Ferriss Show. He shared a quote that was powerful. Dr. Gabor Maté said…

“It’s from one of my favourite teachers. And his name is AH Olness. And he says, ‘Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard, they’re actually yours. They’re specifically yours designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. That part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You’re not going to go in the right direction, unless there’s something pricking you in the side telling you look here, this way. That part of you loves you so much that it doesn’t want you to lose the chance. It will go to extreme measures to wake you up. It will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen. What else can it do? That’s its purpose.’ And I found this to be true of physical illness and mental problems and everything. You’ve got to see what is the teaching here.” Continue reading

To find happiness you have to have struggle

My brother is a high school drama teacher and playwright and he said something to me recently that really hit me.  He said that in order to find happiness you have to have struggle.  And this is an issue with many people as the world we live in allows us to move through it with very little push back.  Immediate gratification, everything online at our fingertips, same day shipping, participation medals, no consequences for bad behaviour or missed assignments.  Without the storm we don’t notice the sun.  Continue reading

Almost made the decision to quit

In 2016, quarterback Nick Foles almost made the decision to quit the NFL.  He had just been released from his contract.  But he decided to stay and this season, ended up as back-up quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.  The first NFL team he played for when he was initially drafted.

That all changed when his team’s starting quarterback tore his ACL in December.  Nick Foles was pulled into the spotlight and he made the most of it.  Helping his team make it to the Super Bowl as the underdog and then bringing home the top prize. Continue reading

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