Part of my share from the farm this week was a quart of pick-your-own cherry tomatoes. There are several varieties available and I always choose the Sungold because they seem sweeter. And, I like their orange color!
Even though there are plenty of tomatoes for all, when you’re looking at the plants, it seems as though the pickings are slim. That’s because you have to look beyond the surface. You must move aside the leaves and look toward the center of the plant. And, you have to look up–above eye level–to find the sweet, ripe ones.
This got me to thinking….
When we’re looking for the gifts within the problems we’re working through, we oftentimes don’t see the gifts–or see only the obvious ones–because we’re focused on the surface. We’re so intent upon working our way through the rough patch as quickly as possible (naturally so) that we may miss the profound and valuable gifts. If we would take a moment to pause in the midst of the rough patch and thoroughly consider it from all angles–including delving below the surface–we may find a pathway through that develops more subtle skills, abilities, and talents that then take us to heights we never dreamed possible.
Your homework today is to stop frantically bashing around in the rough patch. Take a moment to clear your head. Then take a look at the problem from all angles, including looking down on it from above and looking up at it from below. And by all means, dig a little deeper than just the surface of it!
Ask yourself: What if this rough patch was the greatest gift to me. What about it would make me say that–how can this be the greatest gift to me?
Also ask: What gifts, beyond the obvious ones of building strength, character, and persistence, can I find as I delve deeper?
Then give yourself the task of finding the answers to those questions.
Then probe into the inner recesses for those answers. For instance, if you determine that this rough patch will teach you resilience, what specifically are you learning about resilience? Previously in your life you’ve probably had opportunities to develop resilience. But that resilience that you’ve already learned is not enough in this particular rough patch. So what deeper aspect of resilience do you now have the opportunity to learn about and strengthen?
Take the time to ask these questions and do the work to answer them. It’ll make going through this rough patch a much more profound experience for you.
You can do it, I know you can!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,