You may have noticed that life isn’t always a bed of roses.
It is almost inevitable that “stuff happens” for us as we make our way through life and sometimes this “stuff” can be a lot to bear.
Folk wisdom and some religious traditions invite us to look for the gift or the learning in difficult situations.
We are told that “Every cloud has a silver lining” or “Look for the gift in every experience”.
It’s a nice thought that sometimes things may be for the best, but at the time of our distress we may not be able to think that way. If part of your life is disintegrating then being told that there is a silver lining can be a little hard to take if not impossible. If you’re stuck in the middle of something bad it can be very hard to think that way.
This article describes a simple technique to change your perspective on the small to moderate difficulties in our lives, the everyday setbacks and disappointments that occur for all of us.
This technique is not intended for working with major life challenges such as traumas, bereavements and the other big problems that life sometimes throws at us, these situations require much deeper help and healing than can be achieved from a simple technique.