Difficulties and Problems: Another Way to Look at Them

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Difficulties are to show us all the Gifts we have inside.  ~Victoria Osteen


I never thought of difficulties quite this way. I knew that, even though they were painful and, well, difficult, that difficulties were an opportunity to dig deep and find out what’s inside.

My thought sounds the same as Victoria’s, but there’s a subtle difference. With my thought–that we have to roll up our sleeves and dig in–it contains the idea of added difficulty on top of the difficulty I’m trying to solve.


With Victoria’s thought, to me, it’s more like an unfolding–like a flower blooming. The work we have to do with her thought is along the lines of being present, being aware, recognizing, accepting, then fashioning those gifts into something that’s valuable to my life and to the world.

I like Victoria’s thought better!

It’s still work, but, to me, Victoria’s thought infers that there’s a payoff at the end of the work. On the other hand, my original thought had me feeling that perhaps there’s a payoff…but I’m going to have to work awfully hard to get it!

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I definitely like Victoria’s thought better!   🙂

How about you? When you hit a difficulty, do you think you have to get out your pick and shovel and start digging or do you watch closely as the flower unfolds revealing its beauty in each moment?

Let me know in the comments section below. Or join us on Facebook and let us know what you think!  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



5 thoughts on “Difficulties and Problems: Another Way to Look at Them”

  1. I recently had an experience where a difficulty showed me my own leading-edge where I needed some self development. The awareness came from just noticing my own inner responses. This quote of Victoria’s expresses what happened to me perfectly. Yes I would have to say that it IS a Gift. Thank you!


    1. Hi Julie!
      Thank you for sharing your observations and experiences!
      Our bodies are amazingly insightful. If we remember to tune into them, as you so wisely did, we can receive the guidance we need for each particular situation.
      Thanks again for your comment!
      Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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