This post is a little different and is inspired by a video created by some very dear friends of mine. Dr. Candice Griffith, ND is a naturopathic doctor in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada, who has a delightfully well-rounded approach to wellness and healing, that includes not only the physical but also emotional and spiritual aspects.
Candice and her talented videographer and editor, Fia Persson, have embarked on creating a series of videos called “Women Living with Purpose”. Here she explores what motivates us in life, looking for why we do what we do in life, not just what we do.
It’s not easy for people to determine their purpose and it’s not something that typically happens overnight. Sometimes it can be within our reach but we don’t come to realization until a life-changing event occurs.
In the face of a difficult or life-changing event, it can be helpful to ask yourself how you can make the event meaningful. Questions like:
- What did I learn from this experience?
- Is this situation opening me up for some other opportunity that will benefit me in some way?
- Are there any areas for growth? Regardless of what caused the event, think of how you can use the experience to grow.
By asking yourself these questions, you not only give meaning to the difficult situation; you take back control of it. Taking back control occurs by reframing negative situations as opportunities to grow and thrive in unexplored areas.
Finding meaning in challenging situations can help you develop strength, resilience, and optimism. These qualities will help you better manage crises situations, stay calm and balanced no matter the situation, and help you bounce back quicker and stronger than before.
In this video, Crystal Zaharchuk talks about her life-changing experience when she herniated a disc in her back. Here she reflects on parallels between her injury and that of her father. She used this lesson as a source of strength for her, to help her get through the struggle of pain and fear that she was going through.
I was living in Northwest British Columbia during this time, and I remember the pain that Crystal was going through. Although she was constantly suffering, and not knowing exactly what was happening, she always remained positive. Her sense of humour prevailed, and she always exhibited a strong sense of purpose and motivation to get through what she was dealing with.
Crystal faced her fears by undergoing back surgery, considering how such a surgery had negatively impacted the quality of life of her dad. However, she pushed through her fears and came out the other side.
Her recovery was extremely slow and steady, and she showed strength and perseverance every step of the way. As she explains, her recovery started with a speed of 2 on a treadmill, step by step by step. Healing truly does happen one step at a time.
Crystal now is strong and active, lifting weights and showing off well-defined muscles! However, her healing journey did not start with that step. Her first step was to actually get up and take a step. She did not let it defeat her that she could only walk slowly for short periods of time at first. She persisted to become stronger, one step at a time.
I hope that you find this video equally as inspiring. If you want to gain a better sense of wellness, purpose, and well-being, how ever it may look for you, start with one step. Instead of looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed by the complexity, difficulty, and details, look at the first step right in front of you.
Successfully completing that first step will give you the motivation to try taking another step, and eventually another and another. Before you know it, you will be where you wanted to go, and maybe even further!
Lao Tzu said:
What’s your first step?