“Problems are normal”
One of the best ways to properly evaluate and adapt to the many environmental stresses of life is to simply view them as normal.
Earl Nightingale told a story of his visit to the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia. He noticed that the coral polyps on the inside of the reef, where the sea was tranquil and quiet in the lagoon, appeared pale and lifeless, while the coral on the outside of the reef, subjected to the surge of the tide and the power of the waves, were bright and vibrant, with splendid colors and flowering growth.
Earl asked his guide why this was so. “It’s very simple,” came the reply. “The coral on the lagoon side dies rapidly, with no challenge for growth and survival, while the coral facing the surge and power of the open sea, thrives and multiplies because it is challenged and tested everyday”.
And so it is with every living organism on earth.”
The adversity and failures in our lives, if adapted to and viewed as normal corrective feedback to use to get back on target, serve to develop in us an immunity against anxiety, depression, and the adverse responses to stress.