How to be Happy: Embrace the Challenges

panda kite“I can choose to perceive every circumstance as an opportunity to grow and stay on my mission. And if this opportunity is also challenging, that’s even better. I have a chance to rise up–like a kite rises against the wind. If there’s no wind the kite can’t fly. Have you ever tried to fly a kite when there’s no wind at all? Have you ever tried to have a great life when there’s no challenge? If there’s no challenge for me I cannot become stronger. I cannot grow.” ~ Steve Chandler

Yeah, that’s a kite. And also it’s a semi-creepy panda.  Thanks, Google Images!   

This will be a quickie, because I’m doing actual work at the moment, but I think this quote is a good one. I’ve never thought of being HAPPY that there are challenges, exactly.  I’ve thought a lot about accepting that challenges will occur, and that they help us grow, etc. But being happy about them?  Seeing them as maybe the only reason we can succeed? Hmmm. 

Who wants to be a kite sitting around on the ground?  Resistance is the reason it flies.  Double hmmm. 

Sometimes I sing that “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” song at Tween Spirit when she’s grumping about something. Yeah, she loves me for it.  But I think the kite idea is a little nicer than just thinking of challenges as tortures we must endure.

What challenges are pushing you up into panda-like heights?



2 responses

    • This post shows a lot and makes it relatable to anyone in the world. Although some people may not be on a strive for happiness; those who are can keep this quote with them as a reference. Because everyone in the world at one point has some type of struggle of their own no matter what it may be, big or small. So when people who are striving for happiness and are on a path to happiness this quote can always be one that helps remind you that yes you are on a strive for happiness but even on this path you will struggle at times. But this quote can help those of us because it can always remind you that with a struggle it can be resolved and with that resolution you will become a stronger person. Then when you look back at the struggle and wonder why it ever got caught up in your emotions so deep you can then look at yourself now and realize wow I came over that and that can bring you a lot of happiness. I feel as if it shows you that you can overcome anything. There may be a struggle with either overcoming that one thing and when you climb over that mountain the ride down is even more enjoyable because you did that. This does relate to that song and another one that could relate is Miley Cyrus’s song “The Climb.” Like Kelly Clarkson she talks about overcoming a struggle but in the end she is lifted back up because she has overcame something. Similar to the kite; you may not soar at times but at other times you will fly high into the sky.

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