To Live is to Lead

We all are leaders. Every breath we take, every word we speak, ever expression we share. We lead!

We can choose to lead towards the light, a better place, a better feeling, a better self-image. Or, we can take the dark road. We can choose to let our struggles in life to negatively taint our personal outlook on life and then choose to share our personal pain with those around us in a way that makes everyone feel bad. What’s wrong with that? Make everyone suffer; you are.

Leadership is not a choice. We all live it. The difference between an Inspirational Leader and a destroyer style of leadership is our choices. Do we choose to share what we have learned in a way that is uplifting, or do we choose to share what we have learned in a way that makes others hurt, the way that we have hurt?

We all go through trials, we all suffer, struggle, and fight to feel complete. A true LEADER, takes all of these gifts. Yes I said gifts, as an opportunity to grow, to be better than we saw ourselves capable of being. We seek ways to use our trials, our life’s lessons to help others grow, to help others who face the same pain. Second Corinthians 1:3-5 reminds us, Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

Life is not easy. No one promised you an easy life. We were promised an opportunity to learn, to grow, to love, to mentor. We are all challenged to help others grow, to learn, to be better than they are today. We are designed and were challenged to be teachers, leaders, lights to illuminate the paths of those to follow us.

On the dark side. We share our pain, our disappointments, we lead others to believe that life is tough, we all suffer; get over it. Let the world know that life is tough, and know one cares.

But there is a different reality. The one that we really should consider. If we really do hurt. If we really do think life has given us the all of the worst. Shouldn’t we seriously consider this a blessing, an opportunity to learn and grow? Shouldn’t we see this as a challenge to rise above? Life isn’t an accident. If we are presented challenges. It’s because we are seen as someone who can learn, grow, and help others who might not be so strong.

I know. What the hell is this writer talking about? Consider my pain a blessing? I want whatever he is taking.

We are never given more than we can handle.. You are surviving this, if you weren’t, you wouldn’t be reading this. We are presented challenges, sometimes pain, because we are uniquely qualified to turn what we learn into something positive for those who follow. Don’t ever let fear, pain, confusion, taint your ability to turn your pain into someone else’s blessing.

I fully realize that what I write can feel like total fiction. I also know that what I write is true, factual, and real. We never suffer for any reason but to share, to educate, to help others. We are meant to be blessings to those who follow us. That’s what makes life tough.. It’s also exactly what makes life worthwhile.

I know what you are thinking.  Seriously?  I have to suffer in order to make someone else’s life better? Well? Yes..

Sometimes. We are found to be uniquely qualified to share our life’s lessons with those less fortunate. “DID HE SERIOUSLY SAY LESS FORTUNATE”? “My life couldn’t be ____  __ more than it does right now”. This _________ thinks, I can be a blessing to someone. YES.  I do. Your lessons in life can be THE difference in the life of someone that is going through something similar.. What? Did you think it was an accident that your life turned out this way? NO. You were BLESSED. You were given a unique opportunity to learn from and share your suffering. The act of sharing life’s lessons (especially the horrible ones) is a blessing to others. Think about it. Don’t you wish that someone could have shared with you, how this was all going to end? That lemonade really does come from the lemons in life.

Yes. You can choose to keep you suffering to yourself. Or. You can choose to be the leader that you were meant to be, and share your life’s lessons to better the lives of the many that follow you. Choose to help someone that may be on the brink. Choose to help those who haven’t yet faced what you’ve been through.

When you choose to be there for someone else, to be a support system for others, to mentor others through hard times. You will find yourself the one that is blessed. You will feel so much more joy, and happiness than you could have ever imagined.

In the end, you’ll find that by helping others through the lessons you’ve learned, your life’s trials actually lead to your own greatest blessings.

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