Two feet of snow and my Great Dane Bella is loving every second of bounding through it. I would swear that she seeks out the biggest drifts just so she can prove to herself that she can make it through no matter how deep the path.
How often do we deliberately seek to do something for fun that requires endurance, skill, or simply letting go of fear in order to experience the joy? Riding a roller coaster, hiking up a mountainside, or diving off the high dive sound at all familiar to you? What about the exhilaration you feel when you're successful at achieving anything that makes your stomach do a flip, or your lungs and legs get a good workout? Feels pretty fabulous, doesn't it?
Whether or not we seek out challenges, however, we are faced with them every day. The ones that take the greatest amount of effort to achieve, are probably the ones we will share with the most pride, and remember as events that most shaped our character and life.
By choosing to accept obstacles as ways to bring learning and joy to our lives, those experiences will become just that. A chance to to laugh, gain knowledge, and give voice to our passions.
Carol Ann Fox is a certified professional life coach who has met life's challenges with guts and (often times) glory. A citizen of the world, she coaches clients from all walks of life to help them find their purpose in life and be successful at creating and taking advantage of all opportunities. She lives on a mountaintop in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and shares her home with her two Great Danes and two cats. When she isn't coaching clients, she is teaching at a local college, documenting her life in words and photos, and keeping up with her large social network following.