Barton Goldsmith: Respect Your Painful Moments

By Barton Goldsmith
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr)> As therapist Barton Goldsmith points out, “Misfortune and difficulty are a part of life. If you are still breathing, you can make your circumstances better and learn from the experience.”

Tribune News Service

I keep a quote over my desk to always remind me, “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Most people who have been through hell and come out the other side of it have a healthy respect for the difficulty they went through. After you recover from a trauma, you have an opportunity to realize that as uncomfortable as it was, you probably learned a lot and are a better person for it.

I know this doesn’t happen every time for everyone who deals with a traumatic experience, and it often takes some work to get to that level of awareness. The thing to remember is that if you just keep trying to find reasons to keep moving forward, you will. Perhaps that is enough to help you stabilize until you can see your own progress, and that is very important to healing.

Learning to treasure our painful experiences can be challenging, and it really helps to remember that those difficult times got you to where you are, to this place of healing. It’s not about appreciating that you went through hell; rather it’s an acceptance that this unfortunate experience happened and that you, in some ways and perhaps in many ways, grew from it.

Although there may still be challenges and the day-to-day grind, you are in much better shape then you were. When you remind yourself of that and can feel a little gratitude that you got through the worst, then you are in a good place. From here, you can make your life even better if you choose to.

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