Psychiatrists hear many stories - like the time the woman in my office was all teary eyed and weepy because her cat died. After I expressed my genuine feelings of sympathy she responded with, "Oh it's ok, I have 24 more at home."
I am often impressed with the strength and resiliency that some people demonstrate, and I wonder how I would handle similar problems.
It seems to me that everyone has a few things to work on and to overcome as they travel life's journey. Some of those opportunities for growth are not very subtle, such as come in the form of poverty, and sickness. Other opportunities for growth may be much less obvious especially when people find themselves blessed with power, health, wealth, good friends, and a great family. What are their challenges?
I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said something like, "if you really want to test a man's character, give him power." I agree with President Lincoln - character can be revealed by how we manage the good things of life, as well as the bad.
THE POINT ?
If you are fortunate enough not to be worried about the day to day challenge of paying the rent, what are your challenges? Is there something more substantial you might accomplish?
Today’s a good day to start thinking about what you can do to prepare for the unexpected that happens to everyone. A challenge that reveals your real character.
Thanks for reading.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Smith, M.D. is a practicing Psychiatrist and Medical Director for TLC. We’re always pleased to learn from “Doctor Mike.”