What do you do when bad news lands at your door? When you face failure, deal with disappointment, receive less than flattering feedback? Do you feel hurt? Paralyzed with fear? Do you turn away, recoil from the situation, deny the issue and your part in it? Does your mood become sullen and sour, or angry and aggressive?

In life, stuff happens – stuff we want and stuff we don’t want. How we deal with the stuff makes all the difference. The more constructive our thoughts, emotions and responses, the more positive the outcomes.

Look for the good – the life lesson, the positive aspect, the hidden benefit – and the grain of truth in it, even when the message is upsetting, painful, embarrassing, disappointing, or hard to face. For me, there’s value in every experience, even those I would prefer avoiding. Mine the details of your life for the good and the grain of truth every situation offers. It’s all fodder for greater self-awareness and growth.


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