Finding Beauty in the Rough Patches

Yesterday was a rough day for me. Even in the midst of some crazy exciting things going on, there were a few rough patches. I am definitely not immune to them and over the years I’ve come to realize that they can help produce great growth and learning in my life. But, its learning that comes the hard.

Here’s the deal with rough patches…we all have them. And, honestly, we all need them. Rough patches are good.

Let me say that again! Rough patches are good! Let that sink in! You might not agree with that. I didn’t for a long time. I thought if I was working my personal development plan and doing the best I could, all would be fine. Well, that’s just not the case. Bad stuff happens. Mistakes are made. Bad decisions are made. So many things will cause rough patches. But, the sooner we realize that we can find beauty in the rough patches, the quicker we will become stronger from those experiences.

As much as we don’t want to admit it, life just wouldn’t be right without them.

Recently I have talked to many people going through rough patches…

…Worries about a job

…Job loss

…Financial problems

…Struggling to love their parents

…Giant bumps with a marriage

…Issues with anger

And the list goes on. I’m honored that people trust me and share these parts of their stories with me, it means the world. I try very hard to live in a way that shares the rough patches and the story behind the story with people. I’m tired of the thinking that says…”I’ve got to put on a good front” or “I can’t let people know what’s really going on”.

That thinking has to change! It’s time to be real, authentic and transparent with people!

Rough patches come. They won’t last forever. They may hurt, they may even suck, but with God’s help and our friends…we can get through them.

That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday. I turned to God and I turned to a few close friends. One friend was sitting traveling in airports, but he still took the time talk. Isn’t that incredible. That’s how it should be! We should be there for our friends.

When you get through the rough patches, it’s amazing! And, I know for me, I can now find the beauty in them.

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