I heard a wonderful message in church yesterday that has direct application in the motivational speaking business and life in general.
You can't have the perfect smoothie without the sharp blades.
In order to produce one of those luscious seven-dollar smoothies, the fruit has to go through the blender and face the sharp blades. How true I have found that to be. While it is certainly no fun, and in fact painful, to face the trials and hardships in life, they have all taught me something. Through life's lessons I learned what I am made of. I learned to be thankful for the times when there is no pain. I learned perseverence and commitment to a goal. I learned to face rejection. I learned about my own weaknesses and how to overcome them. I learned to find my own inner worth. I learned to get back up. And not one of these things could I have learned by simply reading about them and choosing to adopt them as my own truths. They all had to be learned the hard way. By going through the blender.
And so today I simply acknowledge that the grinders are a necessary and unavoidable part of life. I don't have to enjoy them, and sometimes I will still try to avoid them. But I can at least acknowledge them for the tools that they are. Tools to sharpen me and mold me into a better person.
And I'll try not to look at someone else and be envious of their smoothie-ness, careful to remember that they too went through the blender to get there.