by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Unexpected obstacles can be transformed into opportunities for new growth through your spirit to keep going. Continuing toward a goal despite setbacks is the key to victory.
The effort to continue also builds inner strength and wisdom. Everything has meaning. Every challenge becomes fuel for training as preparation for your next chapter.
Mastering Your Mind Is Like Climbing A Mountain
Overcoming each problem or reaching your goal is like climbing a mountain; each step forward takes you higher. Persevering gets you to the summit.
Enjoying the view along the way as well as savoring the joy of your efforts once you’ve reached the top are your treasures, should you embrace that mindset. Your entire journey becomes your unique book of golden memories. These memories are the twists and turns of your particular path, the backbone of your life legacy.
The real struggle is transforming your weakness. It's winning the battle in your mind against the lower worlds of negativity, like fear and doubt.
But mastering your mind is much like climbing the mountain.
The building blocks of your unshakable foundation are every step forward and every moment that you are fully present to savor the beauty of your dramatic story.
It is a tailored journey for you to develop trust in your capability.
Muster your determination to win over yourself. Challenge yourself to find the way, the answer, the right action.
Keep reaching for the skies of your dreams. Appreciate everything along the way as part of your beautiful life story.
Your Light Brightens The Way For Others
Protagonists don’t get to sit on the sidelines.
Heroes dive into the thick of the action, feel the fear and courageously try their best.
You are your life’s star player. Don’t forget that you light the way for others too. Your success shines a light on the pathway for others to see through to their victory, too.
This is why you must never give up on yourself or your dreams. Your painful experiences become your way to encourage others through their difficulties.
Your Self-Care Is Not A Luxury
Your success story inspires countless others. That is why you must take good care of your heart, mind, and body. Treasuring your potential to find your way forward becomes the hope for others to do the same.
Taking care of yourself as a precious treasure of great potential is critical for your happiness. Forging your inner state of life is the starting point to your perpetual growth and your ability to enjoy each moment.
Sometimes you need rest to refuel your creative energy. Sometimes you need to replenish your inner condition through self-care, study, or fusing with the compassionate power of the universe through prayer, meditation, or nature immersion.
When you lose hope in your potential, you have a setback. But as long as you don’t let yourself remain stuck, you can open a new way forward.
Always Keep Your Eye On The Prize; Your WHY
If you lose sight of your ultimate mission, unexpected difficulties can be painful and stop your progress.
But once you align with your purpose—to remain undefeated and become a beacon for others through your actions—you develop the fortitude to navigate your way through to your envisioned goal.
How I’ve Climbed My Mountains With These Steps
Let me share examples from my life to illustrate how I’ve used these ideas in action.
More than 40 years of family discord motivated my prayer to reflect on and polish myself, change my contributions to negative patterns, understand differing perspectives, improve my ability to listen. It also taught me to set healthy boundaries, stop enabling, and express my truth when appropriate.
Getting An Education
In my early 20s, my desire to get into college to study music and earn a degree encouraged me to practice daily with the focus to improve specific skills and apply for multiple ways for financial support. Once I got accepted into college, I made constant efforts to learn, improve and complete tasks.
Landing A Job & Moving To A New Home
When I wanted to get my first public school teaching job, I had to address many unknowns to increase my chances of getting hired. I had to find a way to attend an out-of-state job fair with no funds or place to stay.
I applied online, spread the word to friends, prayed for the wisdom to take the right action. I determined to pack, leave my current job on good terms, interview successfully, move out of state, find a place to live, and overcome a significant health issue. I successfully completed each goal.
Continued Professional Progress
Once I got the job, I faced new challenges like adjusting to a new structure, schedule, developing classroom management skills, meeting performance standards, and building coworker rapport.
Dealing With Loss
My experiences with losing loved ones fueled my determination to serve others, rise up to be a comforting presence, and give help where needed. I also resolved not to be crushed by my deep grief. I continually revisit my goal of transforming my suffering into a mission to help others through it.
In the romantic relationship department, I appreciate that my past relationships have helped me recognize and eliminate negative situations or patterns from my life, see my weaknesses and forge self-volition versus depending on someone for my happiness.
Having A Foundational Philosophy As A Guide
Through all these different aspects of my life, I used my daily Buddhist prayer and practice as my foundation. Practicing this daily philosophy expands my life state, overcomes pain or external obstacles, and taps my wisdom, creative energy, and compassion for transforming each challenge and setback.
I face each day with the determination to be my best self and to be a positive force in my environment. Staying focused on looking for ways to create value or positively contribute amid difficult circumstances enables me to stay in the game without fail.
How To View Failure Using The Big Picture
I may fail at certain things. But because I push myself to look forward, keep going, and create value, I’m already winning. Giving up or giving in to internal defeat would be failure.
The specifics of setbacks, challenges, or goals change or differ from person to person. These may even alter from one chapter of life to the next. But the way to use obstacles for ultimate victory is the same;
How To Use Obstacles For Your Ultimate Victory
You must polish your life and keep moving forward. When you practice believing in your ultimate potential and that of others, you will find it. As you continue this process, you will expand your capacity to experience and contribute joyful victory after victory.
This process of your unique personal development is the valuable purpose you have in the world around you. The more you achieve, the greater your influence on others to do the same.
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
As a creator, I decided the best way I could serve you through the challenging coronavirus 19 pandemic would be sharing my creativity to encourage you.
Nurturing creativity and inspiration through the power of art and nature is my passion. These spiritually rejuvenating sources are scientifically proven to empower and fuel our inner strength and wisdom.
I share my creativity with the sincere intent that it brings you a bit of comfort and sparks courageous hope.
Below is the text for the poetry I shared with you through my earlier podcast, Creativity Brings Comfort, Courage, and Hope. They are in the order of appearance during that podcast episode.
LISTEN TO THAT PODCAST HERE.
Stop the banging, the racket, the jitters, the drums
that shake you, break you, run you in circles from
that lopsided spinning wheel barreling your mind
Leave that torturous neurotic noise behind
Use an image, like stuffing all your crazy
into an over-sized balloon that flies away
Or dump all that ugly, murky blackness in your head
into a dark, wide sea and sail your boat instead
The point is, your hell is created from inside,
so make it a world that is beautiful to find…
Whatever trips you up, wind it up another way;
Your darkness is treasure—in the light of day
Dull, dim clouds of grey blocking your sky?
You are a rainy season--who’s to question why
So let it pour, let it roar, let it thunder—storm--
Who’s to say, anyway, that is not your norm
Bad weather, like relentless weeds, has a place
Serves a purpose and a need to fill a space
Lesson learned, universal shift, and…
Suddenly those clouds will lift
Leaving something growing there,
Something brand new to appear,
Everything refreshed by the light coming through
this rising transformation that originates from you.
There is benefit, value, and hope in every trouble
so long as you are not defeated in the struggle.
A treasure greater than anything
lies nowhere outside but within.
Born of courage that you muster
in the face of challenge, loss, disaster--
a kind of strength forged deeply--
the basis for a joy that lives eternally.
For it is only in bravery that we will see
the path to take to become truly free
to reach the lofty noble state of life
in which our hearts are fully open wide.
And it is only through adversity that we can ever really be free.
Independent of any pain, we clearly stand to gain.
For, by dealing head-on with hardships,
we find the points we’ve missed;
Those inner places of our lives where darkness tends to thrive.
It is by facing ourselves this way that we begin to create change;
An inner transformation through self-realization
A process of evolution. A rather simple solution,
Yet the result is total freedom--
a completely positive outcome
a deeply lasting value
dependent solely on you.
Everything rests on your mindset
Your attitude determines what you get.
So if you regard everything you face
as a good influence to embrace,
you’re guaranteed to find your way
to a path that leads to a bright and happy day
Lions In My Dreams
Last night I dreamed of lions
There were lions everywhere
They were in the green meadow.
They were along the mountainside,
They were roaming the forests.
They were sleeping in silence.
They were rising with the sun as they raced about my bed.
They were on the beach.
They were on the highway.
They were leaping. They were roaring.
There were lions, lions, lions--for as far as I could see...
When I woke today, I noticed there were
courage, power, and audacity written all over me.
What’s in the Garden
Roses fading with every bloom
Pansies profusely shining like happy elves
Pampas grass flowing like a woman with a new hairstyle
Milkweed attracting too many aphids
Rosemary quadrupling in size
Tiny flower seeds popping up as greenery
Lavender sprouting like human limbs
Small trees losing their leaves for the winter
Sunlight floats like a balloon filling with helium
Glowing gradually like a musical crescendo
Rising above the horizon…
Then dropping like a silent ball in the ocean
Fire awakens with golden fury
Roaring like a vicious lion
Cackling, spitting and scratching the air
And whimpers like a child at the splash of a water bucket
Rain drizzles sporadically
Arriving like secret elves dancing on tippy-toes,
Then leaping and stomping on
rooftops, gardens, and streets everywhere.
And suddenly dribbles to a silent stop.
In the orchestra of my mind
Always moving my life
In the privacy of my heart
Lighting my way with wisdom
In the treasure house of my life
Let me rise up for you
Hold on to who you are
Hold on to hope
--even if there seems to be only darkness blocking your path
Hold on to the light burning in your heart
--even if no one sees it but you
Hold on to everything you dream of
--even if you've already dreamed it for years
Hold on to belief in yourself
--even if you can't see your potential clearly
Hold on to breaking through your struggle
--even when you want to sit down and quit.
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All poetry, photos and music content © 2020 Jenny Leigh Hodgins
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