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Through the Fire and Back

Updated: Jun 17, 2023

Overcoming Challenges, Formation of the Inner Critic, and Finding Hope


Life is full of challenges, and sometimes it can feel like we're being tested at every turn. But it's important to remember that these challenges can help us grow and become stronger individuals. These experiences can help us develop resilience, empathy, and wisdom. It's important to learn from our experiences and use them to grow. Just like metal that has been tempered, we've been "through the fire and back" and we become better versions of ourselves.

(learn more about the process of tempering metal in comparison to self-care, in my latest blog)


pouring iron into a mold
Steven Welti Photography - 2019 NCCCIAP Iron Pour Performance at Shepherd University

These experiences can be positive or negative, and they can have a significant impact on our emotional, psychological, and behavioral development. Our INNER CRITIC can form from negative experiences. This is the voice in our heads that tells us we're not good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to face our challenges. It can be a powerful force that holds us back from achieving our goals and finding hope.


hand drawn affirmation and oracle card
Art Escape Prompt

To combat the inner critic, we need to practice self-compassion. We need to treat ourselves with kindness and understanding, just as we would a close friend. We also need to recognize that our challenges do not define us. We are more than our struggles, and we have the power to overcome them.


When we face challenges in life, it can be tempting to give up or give in to the inner critic. But if we can push through the difficulty and come out the other side, we can gain valuable insights and experiences that can help us grow and become stronger individuals.


Whether it's a personal struggle, a health issue, or a difficult life event, these experiences can temper us and help us become more well-rounded and balanced individuals. They can also help us become more compassionate, empathetic, and understanding towards others who may be going through similar struggles. We just have to remember, it may take time to understand and process the emotions connected to the experience. Additionally, finding support can really help in the healing process.


When we go through challenging experiences like facing down our inner critic, we're forced to confront our fears and limitations. We're pushed out of our comfort zones and into the unknown. This can be scary, but it can also be incredibly empowering.


Overcoming challenges can help us become more self-aware and reflective. We can learn from our mistakes and use these experiences to grow and develop. We can also become more compassionate and empathetic towards others who may be going through similar struggles.


What is an experience that you’ve experienced on your journey that has built you into the person you are today? Feel free to keep private, share in comments, or reach out and we can have a chat. I love connecting.


 

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you can find items to support you while on your healing journey

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