Struggling is hard...and it's not usually a whole lot of fun. Whether you are struggling emotionally, physically, spiritually, financially, or in any other way; it's tough. As a teacher, trainer, coach, and instructor, there's one phrase that I love to hear...and that's when someone through trembling lips or a weary body says, "I can't do this much longer." To those people, I say you miss the point of the struggle. The point isn't to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. Rather, in those moments where you're giving everything you've got, be mindful of that. Be proud, that in that moment, when your circumstances are beating you down, you're still able (and more importantly willing) to give it everything you've got. It's a blessing to be able to do that. It's a gift...one that you can train and improve in yourself.
I've been a teacher for 16 years now. The gift of struggling is something that is being kept from so many young people. I can't tell parents how to do their job, because the Lord knows, I'm nowhere close to the expert on parenting. I can encourage though. Please, let your kids struggle. Let your students struggle. Let your clients struggle. Struggling is so important because it's in and through those times that we grow the most. We are like the iron used to make a sword. While the fire and hammering seem like cruel processes, they are crucial in transforming iron into a strong, sharp blade. By avoiding struggle, by avoiding the first and hammering, you are avoiding the only way of forging your body, mind, and spirit into a weapon. Don't rob yourself of that process. Embrace it. Don't keep someone away from the forge for how you think they will handle the struggle. Teach them to embrace it.
Whatever you do...keep struggling. Keep fighting to forge the greatest version of yourself!