Moving Forward and Up!

I have been intrigued by the notion of Positive Psychology. In a world that focuses on negativity and fixing problems, building on strengths and positive solutions sometimes gets lost.

During my happiness project I find that building on values that are important to me brings a greater sense of purpose to my life. Having a greater sense of purpose gives me a better understanding of the direction I am heading and in the end makes me feel better.

I read a statement recently that stated “People want more than an end to suffering. People want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves to enhance their experiences of love, work and play.” As I work on personal development this really resonated with me. It’s not just about not suffering. People who are in the middle of suffering can still experience joy and growth as a result of the suffering that they go through. Some of my most devastating experiences have resulted in my personal growth. When I believed that I was unable to crawl out of the hole that I was in I was able to have resilience, grow and learn from my experience, only to become stronger and wiser than I had been before.

I once heard resilience being compared to climbing a mountain without a trail map. It takes time and strength but you eventually make it to the top. As I develop and improve on the skills and values that I have I am learning to accept my mistakes, learn from them and to keep climbing up the mountain. As I work on my Personal development I will keep moving forward and up.

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