February 4, 2024
4 min read

Hardships are opportunities for growth.

Challenges present themselves as a chance for personal development, although not everyone perceives it as such. While some individuals embrace growth, others persistently subject themselves to hardships, hindering their progress.

To truly progress, we must embrace the challenges that come our way, for it is through struggle that we gain valuable knowledge and evolve. 

Merely depending on others’ accounts of their personal experiences cannot compare to the profound wisdom gained from our own lived experiences.

Unless we have no regard for our well-being, we avoid willingly subjecting ourselves to situations that we know will inflict lasting harm upon us.

Regrettably, we often lack the foresight to anticipate the potential consequences that could have been avoided had we made different choices.

Throughout our journey in life, we are bound to encounter various degrees of challenges, these trials, beyond our control, possess the power to shape our character and determine our fate.

The age-old saying of “strength in numbers” holds true, especially when it comes to navigating through difficult moments. 

Whether we find solace in the unwavering support of a trusted friend or the expertise of a compassionate medical professional, having a go-to person by our side can make all the difference in overcoming life’s struggles.

Throughout my own journey, I discovered that very few truly grasped the depth of my struggles. Conversely, there were those who merely focused on their own challenges, offering no real assistance. 

However, I am now grateful that I have developed the ability to thoroughly explore any issue that troubles me and actively strive towards finding a resolution.

The central idea I am conveying is that during difficult times, it is common to feel isolated, but occasionally, you may encounter individuals facing similar challenges, and together, you can overcome them.

The saying “two heads are better than one” can be truly uplifting, if you discover a companion who complements your strengths and weaknesses.

It is important to be aware of certain individuals who tend to indulge in self-pity, as the popular saying suggests that ‘misery loves company’. These individuals never seek out solutions to their problems, as they find solace in remaining trapped within the same circumstances.

How can we truly find happiness if we continuously avoid confronting overwhelming problems, choosing instead to sit idly among others and complain about them?

For countless years, I clung onto my resentments, refusing to let go, In that moment of self-pity I chose to self-destruct, convinced that I was unworthy of finding inner peace. I subjected myself to relentless torment.

By the grace of God, I had been given with the opportunity to break free from this relentless cycle, as I embarked on a profound journey of self-discovery, ultimately reinventing myself.

Unravelling the deeply ingrained opinions and influences of others is far from a simple endeavour, requiring immense effort and determination.

The awakening of my true self was catalysed by the unfortunate illness that befell my Beloved Father, accompanied by his final words of wisdom.

‘In the last moments of existence, as you lie here, anticipating the embrace of death, you want to proclaim that you have truly lived, free from the burden of the regret of things you didn’t accomplish’. Cecil C Bleau (Father)

Everything suddenly clicked into place, and I couldn’t help but question why I had squandered my precious time catering to the whims of others and desperately seeking their approval.

In the journey of life, mere existence falls short of true living. Without discovering a purpose, one must consider hitting the reboot button.

To conquer your insecurities and fears, it is imperative to embark on a journey of self-discovery, unearthing the essence of your true self, untainted by the expectations imposed upon you by others.

In everything, there must be a balance.

Natalie Bleau

Scripture of Balance


Denise Marcia James

You are an inspiration Natalie and a true example of using everything you encounter in life to heal, grow, transforms, and turn around and share insights and pearls of wisdom to help others along life’s path. Love that Spirit!

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