Rolling with Life’s Punches

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 | by Brenda Stanton

“When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn’t climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened.” ~Criss Jami

The above quote is very true.

If we could only look at life’s challenges this way – that eventually they contribute to our art (and heart) and that we all come out the other side of them stronger and more enlightened.

When life throws you punches, do you have this perspective?

It’s not easy to have this perspective at the time – especially when you’re in “the hole” as Criss describes in his quote.

So the question remains, what do you do when life throws you punches? Retract or get stronger?

I have a hunch that you make yourself stronger. That you discover what you’re made of. That you learn how truly resilient that you are. And….you realize that you truly do have a Higher Self that is guiding you – you just need to learn to lean on your Higher Self to get you through.

Leaning on anyone or anything is hard enough to do in general everyday life for us women (and men) who are used to being General Managers of the Universe ;) – but is especially hard when you’ve been thrown a big punch by life….

Lately I’ve been thrown a few unexpected punches and this year has proved to be a very challenging one.

Yet, what I’m discovering, and remembering is, how much of my strength and character has been birthed out of adverse conditions and that I must believe that something much better waits on the horizon.

It truly is always darkest before the dawn.

So, what do you do in the midst of being in the dark? Being in that hole that you know on the other side will provide enlightenment? How do you get through the trial with a higher state of knowing that it truly is happening for your good, even if it doesn’t feel that way?

Check-out the Worthy Work below to explore more about how you can not only become enlightened after the trial, but during it.


To Your Worth!



To help you navigate times in life when you’re praying for some Light, but only seem to keep experiencing more Darkness, give consideration to some of these tips below:

Shift Your Vibe:I’m sure you’d agree that it takes more effort to think positively than it does to think negatively. Based on our original programming as kids, most of us, default to negative thoughts unless we consciously choose to think positive. And, did you know that a positive thought has 100x more power than a negative one. All the more reason to go for the positive ones. When you think positive you feel positive and it does shift your vibe and you attract more positive experiences…

Focus On What’s Going Right: To help in shifting your vibe, the best thing to do is to focus on what’s going right in your life. There are always things that are good and are going right – but again – we all have the habit to focus on what’s wrong or what’s lacking. So, to help with shifting your vibe and helping you feel more empowered and enlightened, begin to collect evidence around you of what’s going right. Even though you may be in the midst of a trial, are you being supported unconditionally by loving friends? Are you experiencing more love as a result of going through what you’re going through – for yourself and others? Are you learning how-to receive vs. feeling like you always need to give? Focus on what’s right and good and in no time you’ll feel better – even in the midst of the trial you’re facing.

See The Gold In The Dark: Going back to the quote I provided above about a poet digging deeper into the dark and enjoying the scenery of a trial, there is always a gift of any adversity we’re going through – even if we can’t see it at the time. And again, to help keep you in a high vibration, knowing that the trial you’re facing has a purpose, will help you not only endure it but overcome it. And, if you’re a creative that is in the business of providing guidance, art, etc. to others, it will be no surprise that the trials that you face will be part of your offerings (a.k.a. art) at some point.

So remember, it truly is always darkest before the dawn and sometimes the dark sticks around longer than any of us would hope. Yet, rather than wishing away the dark, do as poets do and dig a bit deeper, there is wisdom to be gleamed from any situation – if you choose to look at it this way. As always, it’s your choice.




Subscribe to My Blog:

Subscribe to my blog! Enter your email below to receive new articles by email!