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That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.

The quote “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger”, is attributed to the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Actually, he said it much more eloquently: It turns out that he was right.

Studies have shown that some trauma survivors report positive changes and enhanced personal development, called post traumatic growth (PTG). PTG refers to any beneficial change resulting from a major life crisis or traumatic event, but people most commonly experience a positive shift by having a renewed appreciation for life; adopting a new world view with new possibilities for themselves; feeling more personal strength; feeling more satisfied spiritually, and/or their relationships improve.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, during one interview, recalled being heckled and ignored as a struggling comedian in his early days. On one particularly soul-crushing occasion, people at a New York disco went right on dancing through his act as though he weren’t even on stage. Such challenges made him a stronger person and better performer he said. “I don’t mind suffering. You suffer in all things — work, relationships, whatever else you do. Unless you’re eating ice cream, you’re suffering,” he commented.

There can be many examples ranging from sports personalities; businesspeople; artists; et al, who were laughed at, heckled, mocked and told that they will never make it in their chosen fields. Those spoken and sometimes unspoken words, inspired them to be better people so that they can achieve more.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they are right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And of course, sometime good things fall apart so that good things can fall together. As I look back on the struggles of my life and still do, I realise that every single time I thought and saw that I was being rejected and rebuffed from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better and amazing.

“You need to stop thinking that you will be stuck in your current situation forever. We feel like our hearts will never heal or we will never get out of this impossible situation or struggle. Do not confuse one season (there are four seasons in a year) for a lifetime. Even your trials have an expiration date. You will grow, life will change and things will work out for the better.” Britney Moses.

Yes, tough times never last but tough people do. So, if life circumstances, adversities, situations, difficulties and struggles do not kill you, they will certainly make you a stronger person. The true value of experience is not in seeing much but in seeing wisely.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly

Ishmael Phetoane

Editor: FS News Online

Email: iphetoane@fsnewsonline.co.za

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