In the belly of the whale / by Tyson Pop

Stumbling blocks are a necessary tool for growth.

They come in various shapes and sizes and arise through many different experiences. A stumbling block is found when the way we once navigated our way through life doesn’t function as well as it once did. It’s in these moments that we find ourselves in the belly of the whale to use biblical language.

We’re lost.

In darkness.

Disoriented.

Confused.

In these moments it’s easy to assume that this will be the new norm, rather than a temporary refining experience. There’s a better option when it comes to these situations that just freaking out. Instead, we can ask ourself a question:

If this really was my new normal, what could you adjust within yourself to make this ‘new normal’ tolerable?

When we take our attention away from all that is wrong, and start making changes to learn to adjust to the new, unpleasant experience, we’ll grow from it more quickly than resisting it would allow.