Honoring Our Gifts: Challenging Experiences

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{Charlie’s Gift Perspective}

Honoring Our Gifts (11)When I’ve had challenging experiences in my life and they’ve finally come to an end I’ve been mostly relieved and ready to move on to more pleasant things. However, I’ve asked for each challenging experience mentioned here and upon reflection of the experience I can see that I’ve received a gift from it which I am grateful for.

The first one I’ll talk about is when I was training for a Tough Mudder 11 mile run with obstacles each mile or more. Along the way to training to run 11 miles I figured it would be a good thing to register for a 5K (3.1 mile) run and do that race as part of my training. When I set out to do this I had never run more than a quarter mile at a time. It was challenging getting to the point that I could run 3.1 miles without stopping. However I got there. The gift from this is the gift of fitness.

Another challenging experience I got through was the first Dan black belt test for Aikido. It was a 3 hour ordeal including vocabulary, material competency, improvisational attack defense, sword forms, bo staff forms, grappling and multi-attacker defense. It was about mental and physical toughness. It was about stretching the limits of what I thought I could handle and still trying to function. The gift from this is the gift of fortitude.

The next challenging experience I got through was the New Warrior Training Adventure. This was a 48 hour immersion into initiatory self-discovery. I dug into parts of myself I didn’t even consciously know exist. I expressed emotions I hadn’t felt comfortable expressing before, or at least since I was a little kid. I built comradery and trust with a group of men I never knew before. I pushed comfort zones and self-imposed limitations to the limit. The gift from this is gift of self-awareness.

Honoring our challenging experiences:

What are some challenging experiences you’ve had?

Did you ever stop to reflect on the experience and consider what gift you received from the experience?

How will you honor those gifts?

Simple ways to be grateful for our gifts. And of course, you don’t have to stick to our calendar – you can be grateful for anything that comes along today. This is just a prompt.

I’d love to hear what you are honoring today and how you are doing it. Check in with us and leave some comments.

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