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The One Question to Ask When You’re Having a Bad Day

The One Question To Ask


Last Friday, I had one of the most meaningful, clarifying experiences of my life. Relaxation, productivity, joy, and sunshine carried over into my weekend but then, this week hit. And it was a doozy. This week was filled with miscommunication, unexpected deadlines, and a serious case of writer’s block that I just could not shake. The severe storms that rolled in (a true fear of mine) day after day certainly did not help. After such a beautiful experience last week, I thought for sure this week would be filled with ease and fluidity. Boy, was I wrong. (Coincidence that Mercury retrograde, a full moon, AND Friday the 13th all fell on this week?)

So, naturally, it got me thinking. First, as it is almost instinct for me to do so, I looked for the lesson in each less-than-ideal event. In these moments of what feels like impending defeat, when we’re seconds away from waving the white flag, look for the lesson. I can’t tell you how many times this week I literally asked myself:

 “Okay. What am I supposed to learn from this?” 

And, just like that, the lessons came to me.

It made that period of friction and disharmony, well, worth it. It reminded me that every battle we go through, no matter how big or small, always has a lesson for us to learn. Sometimes we see it right away and sometimes it doesn’t come through until later on. The important thing is to always ask that one question, “What am I supposed to learn from this?”

What lesson is buried within the layers of this experience? How can I keep this from happening again? What about this event do I need to take away and what do I need to leave behind?

What lessons have the more difficult days taught you? Share in the comments below!


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