I’ve been contemplating the issues around seeing challenges and difficulties as opportunities, and if this is always a good thing.
I’ve borrowed a posted cartoon from @Gabriel_L , that seems to capture some of this.
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The ability to see the best in all situations is great. Recently I’ve experienced some challenging situations, and whilst they led to suffering, I also see them as ‘good Karma’, in that they provided opportunities for learning, growth and insight. I suppose there is a part of me that is a little uncomfortable, that my suffering has lessened as a result of this - ie I should be suffering more (note: the situation involved a loved one dying of a fast and aggressive cancer)
I’m aware that most people would see them as fruition of bad karma… so like in the cartoon above with regard to the stoics, I am wondering what proportion of this is just ‘mind tricks’. Positive re-framing is a basic psychological tool, but it too can be over-used, and become negative. The thing is that I really do see it as an opportunity. Can it be both? Is this the mind-made world, where we are the creators of our own hell realms?
Is there any guidance with regards to this issue in the EBT’s?