Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!
I don’t know where to start, February started tough. I’m short a few pesos from January and my daughter got sick. I’m left with no choice but to use some of my emergency funds. The thing about emergency funds is, if you are forced to withdraw money from them, then it is an emergency. In short, my current situation is… challenging.
There was a time when this kind of thing would bring out the worst in me. With all the bad things that happened to me back then, I thought I have every right to be angry. Little did I know, that life doesn’t always turn out the way you want it to be. Just because you wanted something, doesn’t make it so. Life taught me that fact matters, my opinion or feelings don’t. For me, this was my edge.
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In lifting weights, the key to size or strength is the progressive increase in load or repetition. One cannot expect to grow in size or strength in squatting the same amount of weight for the same amount of reps.
This systematic increase in repetition or load is stress.
Stress breaks down muscle fibers. But, with enough rest and proper nutrition, the body will recover. This continuous cycle of stress and recovery is what drives the muscles to grow.
But why the talk of physical strength in a topic about self-development? Bare with me on that.
What most people don’t realize is that this process of muscle building applies to all aspects of life. By introducing a controlled and manageable amount of stress into your life, you can grow.
By applying these principles, you are allowing yourself to grow.
A good example of this is my irritation to some of my friends’ banter. But instead of cutting them off, I relax into their jokes and allow our friendship to bloom. Can you imagine what could happen when I decided to cut them off? Not only I would lose precious friends over a childish joshing but I would also be someone who can’t take a joke.
The same thing goes with my problem at the beginning of the month. If I’d stop challenging myself, I’d never get out of these kinds of situations or worst. Without any kind of mental or emotional fortitude, I would have given up long ago.
By exposing myself to various stresses, I have grown. I owe my progress to my desire to challenge myself. Though I don’t always emerge victorious in some of my life’s challenges I still manage to move forward.
While most feel-good philosophers would advise to cut off toxic people or events in life, I would wager that the key is to manage those instead of cutting them off. Treat yourself like a muscle and challenge it to grow. Comfort or stagnation only leads to atrophy of the muscle and of self.
To Courage, Freedom, and Growth!
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