Inspiration: Surprising Secrets about Ordinary People and Their Extraordinary Destinies

hardships by CS LewisToday’s Inspiration is a guest post, by my friend, Elyse. This quote by C.S. Lewis has always been one that gives me  great comfort . The truth is, ordinary people like us are molded and shaped by our hardships. The last few years of my life have been extremely difficult. It seemed I was being hit by a boatload of difficulties and seemingly endless setbacks. Now, looking back, God was preparing me. He was preparing me,  an ordinary, life-struggler, for extraordinary things. Do you sometimes think that you are alone in a sea of endless crashing waves? I do, and I think every leader and business person goes through periods of  never-ending hardships.  There is hope! Read this, I think you will be inspired. 

People tend to believe that a beautiful life is one without hardships. The truth is, though, that adversity can enhance life’s beauty. Now, you may be shaking your head in disbelief, but hear me out: Hardships make for a strong heart. A heart built by faith, perseverance, and growth. A heart that inspires confidence, opens doors, and spreads love. And a heart carried deep within every person that provides perspective when life springs forth with an unfavorable surprise.

Life has been and always will be full of hardships. And these challenges—the overwhelming, the seemingly insignificant, and all of the ones in between—well, challenge us every single day to either abandon hope or press on in the face of adversity.

The simple, though it never feels very simple, act of adding the element of perspective to your life helps you step out of a raging storm into the comfort of your home with a fireplace, or at least helps you remember that you have an umbrella in your back pocket. Finding a silver lining, or a glimmer of hope, enables us to move forward with an increased understanding of living here and now. The focus then shifts away from dwelling on our past missteps or ruminating on our current misfortunes and moves us through to calmer skies.

When we give ourselves the unique gift of perspective when encountering one of life’s obstacles, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. The ever insightful C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” No matter your hardship, find relief in the strength of your heart as you weather the storm.

And as the clouds change from dark grey to bright white, enjoy life’s beauty by being open to all that it has to offer you, learning from where you have been and being mindful of where you would like to go.