On a recent trip to Texas, we visited our favorite mall in Waco. It is full of interesting collectibles and gadgets. One of the shops was full of refrigerator magnets. Now, I’m not really a refrigerator magnet guy, but I can appreciate the work that goes into thinking up cute things to write on said magnets.
One said this: “I’ll get over it. I just need to be dramatic first.”
It is how we respond to life’s challenges that matters more than the challenges themselves.
An old Buddhist proverb says, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”
While I’m not sure I agree that suffering is optional, certain responses are. Let me give two examples.
- When you are triggered, you don’t have to act out.
- When you are knocked down, you don’t have to stay there.
Recovery Step: “Do not be dismayed, for I am your God” (Isaiah 41:10).