Obstacle or Opportunity in Recovery?

May 26, 2016 | By Greg Wilson | Filed in: Uncategorized.

Frustration can be a great teacher.
(Greg Wilson)

Frustration can make you feel like a failure, or frustration can be a stepping stone to self-mastery. This is the challenge of frustration! Frustration can be considered an obstacle or an opportunity. Frustration can be good or bad, depending on how you perceive it. Yelling and screaming is misdirected frustration and a waste of energy. Many of our trials and tribulations test us to see what is in our hearts. I will learn from frustration if I think of a frustrating situation as an opportunity for me to say, “I am going to relax and change the way that I respond in this situation.”
Wikepedia defines frustration as: In psychology, frustration is a common emotional response to opposition. Related to anger and disappointment, it arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of individual will. The greater the obstruction, and the greater the will, the more the frustration is likely to be.
Suffering carries a blessing with it when we learn how to gain knowledge from experience. I have learned to use the pain of frustration to change what is not working in my life. Frustration gives me the energy to take action. I strive not to look so much on the outward situation but on the effects of it on my own thoughts and actions. Each frustrating circumstance can be a time for self-reflection and self-correction. This aids in proper understanding. Every problem is an opportunity to release my potential and create my new sober self. I build inner poise through frustrating tests that are invaluable for my soul growth. I might not gain these valuable lessons in any other way. Frustration can take me to deeper levels of self-knowledge and understanding, if I stay open to the opportunities. All of life’s experiences can be an invitation for change. Each choice I make provides me with new learning, and an opportunity to evolve in a powerful way. It’s all in my perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes!

How do you generally react or respond when feelings of frustration come over you?

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