On Oprahs show, Super Soul Sunday http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/super-soul-sunday.html I heard an amazing quote originally from CS Lewis:
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world”
In the show Dr Robin Smith tells us about experiencing several tough situations that broke her down. All the time she knew deep down that these things were happening to wake her up, to make her understand that she was not living her life fully. Knowing this was what kept her from not giving up entirely.
Oprah and Dr Robin speak about how every situation in life, both positive and negative, is an opportunity to learn and grow in to the person that you were meant to be.
Thinking about this I realize that whatever happens, good or bad, there is an opportunity for growth. Look back in your life, how much have you not learnt about yourself in the last say 5 years? I believe that it is important to stop comparing yourself with your friends, colleagues, or family members, because every single individual is his/her own, with their own strengths and weaknesses and dreams. If you start looking more towards your inner self, and listen to what your heart is saying, I believe that you’ll grow faster and experience your life more fully. You’ll come to realizations about yourself that has nothing to do with your friends and family etc. This is your life, dare to follow your dreams and see where that will lead you.