What Struggle Teaches Us

Struggling through problems and obstacles is an inevitable part of life. Whether it’s managing finances or figuring out our life’s purpose—we all have something we struggle with.

George Elandier Evansen or “Gee” is no stranger to such struggle. Despite being only ten years old, he has already lived through a series of obstacles that would stress out any adult. Fortunately, his street smarts and special skills aid him in surviving and even thriving.

Unfortunately, not all of us have unique skills like object transference or teleportation. Nevertheless, we do have resilience—which is an underrated human skill. With resilience, here are the lessons that struggle teaches us:

1. It teaches us to adapt to adversity.

Resilience teaches us to keep going even when it gets tough. Humans are not only resilient but also incredibly intelligent and can come up with creative solutions to problems. When we struggle, we become more motivated to find solutions. This motivation shifts our focus away from the pain, and we begin to learn how to adapt.

2. It teaches us the value of resourcefulness.

Problems like scarcity can be harrowing event, but it also provides us an opportunity to be resourceful. Whether learning a new skill or learning from experience, we can always find a way to make things work.

3. We learn how to prioritize.

Limited resources result in limited choices, which allows us to learn about prioritizing. This skill is when we learn to value “what we need” vs. “what we want.” When we know how to prioritize, we understand what we value the most.

4. We become more confident in the face of adversity.

Learning from experiences through hardship allows us to become stronger, tougher, and more confident when a similar event occurs. That is not to say we become “immune,” but that we are more likely to react rationally.

5. It keeps us grounded.

A life full of privilege and perks is enviable but somewhat empty. Think about it: would you have been happy if you had everything you wanted right at your fingertips? Wouldn’t it be better to learn the value of hard work and earn your prize instead? Gaining something you worked hard for is infinitely more gratifying because you know you deserve it.

To struggle is to live life. However, struggling isn’t just an unfortunate circumstance. It could provide a foundation to help us grow. When we give ourselves that opportunity, we become healthier and more grateful.

by DL Davies

The Power of Manifestation

Is there a single day in your life that you have stopped thinking ? Our mind, aside from our heart, is one of the hardworking and busiest parts of our body.

It allows us to act, rest, and even do things that we least expect to do.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “A man is but the products of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.” At present, they call it the power of manifestation. The urge to have something which may seem impossible to achieve is within the scope of manifestation. During hard times when we are only left with two options: to flight or fight, we ask ourselves whether things will proceed according to how we plan them to be.

You may do the following to experience the power of manifestation, wherever you are, only when your intentions are pure and will not harm anyone.

1. Think of your goals and try to foresee yourself being in the situation that is the foundation of your call for change.  Our thoughts are so powerful. What we instill is what we fulfill.

2. Remind yourself to train your thoughts. Sometimes, our thoughts are so powerful that they may come uncontrollably destructive which can also ruin us. You can begin with training your thoughts with the way you already set your mind to the kind of end goal that you want to achieve.

3. Embrace good intentions than blindsided desperations. You can only hope for the universe or if you believe in someone omnipotent, to have your situation changed but never change the situation through inappropriate ways as influenced by desperation. When you manifest, good intention is a great foundation. The kind of energy that you are allowing yourself to think and feel will reflect the consequence that you will receive after manifesting. When you are blinded with desperations, you are embracing energy that will not resonate with being “hopeful”.

Manifestation is a power you willingly associate yourself with because you are hopeful, not desperate. In unraveling the power of your thoughts, you must not let immorality hinder them.

by D L Davies

Young Love

Can love be ever subjectively defined or just associated with a kind of feeling that is unique between and among people? With the aid of digitalization, the present style of conveying love between the youth is through generating virtual expressions. There is a difference between personal and virtual declarations of emotions, which lead to questioning intentions. Have you ever experienced a young love or are you experiencing one right now? This discussion is just right for you.

The association of love with mere emotions that cannot be explained and often goes out of random is in itself broad. You have to remember that love can either be platonic or romantic. Sometimes, it begins with attachment, fondness, and constantly seeking attention, until it grows into either something conditional or unconditional. Reciprocity as an element to complete the whole concept of “love” is common among the youth. Where on extends an effort to make you feel his love, you should also do the same even if you do not feel similarly, as a sign of respect may be. However, this kind of concept confuses the young generation today. Have you ever questioned the love given to you because you feel like it’s too childish or “young?”

There is no such thing as young love when two people put a label on the kind of feeling they are experiencing and have shared with the other person. Young love is considered to be insincere, a waste of time, and often inappropriate for conservative communities or a household. This kind of love allows you to explore your capacity in giving love to yourself and others, in the most youthful ways. At present, unlike the traditional arrangements where one can certainly know that a person is in love through the expression of letters and the declaration to endure waiting when one is not ready, young love just grows in different dimensions.

You cannot prejudge yourself to have not fallen into love just because it was childish, immature, or young. When you feel it, that’s it. You just need to acknowledge that young love will eventually help you grow.

by D L Davies

How to be Innovative

The line, “your imagination is your only limit,” may still be true while you are still young. When a person grows up, not only did his physical appearance develop but expectedly, his way of thinking too. In a globalized society where interconnectedness makes things easier, how will you become innovative?

Being innovative is not just the capacity to be creative. It also means thinking outside the box and exploring things that can address existing issues present in society. An innovative person notices even the simplest things around him. By creating a substantial awareness and interpretation of the world around you, the only limitation is how far can your innovativeness leave a positive impact within your community.

1. Observe and listen.  The only consistent thing about the situation and people around you is their changing nature. A society’s population increases or decreases but either way still affect the situation; contributing to poverty or unemployment for example. When you observe and are keen on the changes around you, the possibility of thinking of various ways to either alleviate or simply influence changes over situations that cause problems, is limitless with innovation. In addition, when you listen, you are allowing yourself to understand the urgency, necessity, and practicality before you decide what you can do.

2. Ask questions.  Roaming around your community or doing surveys can help you be more equipped for your current needs. Asking questions will help you formulate new ideas or even just improve them. Innovation does not have to be grand, it begins with seeking solutions by asking questions that will direct you to your motivations in doing something that can impact the lives of other people in your community.

3.Accept change and be resourceful.  Your adaptability and acceptance to change, can influence other people if you do it the right way. When you plan on changing something, you have to be accepting that change is something that most people are afraid of. Even with this kind of awareness, continue to be resourceful and address these changes.

To become innovative, one must think to inspire and positively influence the lives of other people.

by D L Davies