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LOOKING FOR THE FLOWERS IN THE SHOWERS
MY OUTLOOK ON CHALLENGES AND HARDSHIP
I think the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” is much more insightful than it appears to be on its face. It might seem like a kitschy little rhyme about spring, but I think it can be a powerful metaphor for endurance and what it takes to succeed. In my own life, nothing has come easy. Everything I have accomplished has been because I persevered through the challenges to reap the rewards on the other side. I experience this principle on a daily basis with my work. Practicing law is stressful and often involves long hours of detailed research to help clients. Every day brings new challenges, but I welcome them because learning from these experiences, to be able to help future clients better, makes it all worth it at the end of the day. I don’t think practicing law and building cases for clients will ever in and of itself become easier, but with each successful case, my confidence to take on new challenges increases. Enduring challenges and frustration is not just something I practice in my work. While I love my profession, it is not the sum of who I am. I am a multifaceted individual, and there are other areas of my life where I hope to see the May flowers at the end of those April showers. I love being outside walking or hiking, but it has been hard for me to make a habit out of exercising. I am
working to change that, but it is not an easy habit to build. I try to keep the rewards in mind to push me forward. I have the goal to one day finish a 10K or maybe even a half-marathon race. I can even think of challenges I experienced when I was younger that were difficult times or tasks. When I was learning how to drive, being on the road with other cars scared me. This is not a fear everyone shares, but that just goes
IN MY OWN LIFE, NOTHING HAS COME EASY. EVERYTHING I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED HAS BEEN BECAUSE I PERSEVERED THROUGH THE CHALLENGES TO REAP THE REWARDS ON THE OTHER SIDE.
Another thing I have learned is that the change will not always be evident every day. Usually, overcoming challenges is a gradual experience, and it’s only when you look back at where you came from, weeks, months, or even years later, that you can see the progress you have made. As I keep helping clients and keep looking forward to that 10K, I can look back at everything I have learned and accomplished and know that those May flowers are going to bloom spectacularly.
to show that fears and challenges vary from individual to individual. However, all of them can be approached with the same attitude. If you can push through the fear and difficult times, the other side holds rewards.
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