Growing pains

Not sure how many people remember the show (Growing Pains). What a blast from the past, huh? I still remember thinking Kirk Cameron was cute. Well, growing pains can be difficult. It takes challenge for us to grow and that can be really painful sometimes. I know I have been dealt my fare share of chronic depressive episodes and tough life events. I am grateful for these events, as difficult as they have been, because they have hurled me forward into growth and grace. I HOPE that when the challenges come again, I am ready to appreciate them. I harbor a deeper HOPE that my children choose to grow from the struggles in their lives. I read a great book last year called, (Happy This Year). In the book, author Will Bowen talks about Native American culture and how some tribes have members they refer to as, “sacred clowns”. The job of these “sacred clowns” is to push everyone’s buttons and to cause chaos within the tribe. They do this with the HOPE of thrusting members of the tribe into growth. What a great way to look at those people in our lives that test our patience. I credit this book for helping me appreciate those people in my life and in discovering that, “A truly happy person does not allow his happiness to be dependent on any external factor over which he may not have control.”
― Will Bowen, Happy Stories!: Real-Life Inspirational Stories from Around the World