One of the easiest things to do when talking to someone is to start exchanging battle stories with them!
It simply begins by telling them about a time in your life when you went through something that you thought was devastating and how it either ruined you or how you overcame it.
Almost before you can complete your story, the other person jumps in and always seems to try to one up you with their own battle story.
Before you know it, you are in a conversation that seems to last forever because both of you are trying to outdo the other one with your stories.
If the truth be told, everyone in this world has a story to tell. Some of these stories end in tragedy and some in triumph. The sad thing is that, whether their tragedy was in the past, or they are currently experiencing a tragedy, they dont realize that they still have the ability to turn it into a victory.
They are so focused on proving to the world that they have been done wrong, or that they are owed something for what they have gone through, they never realize that the world is slipping by.
Which category do you fall in?
Are you focused on your wounds and scars or have you been able to overcome them and succeed in life?
The other day, someone I know bought a leather couch. There was a tag on it and I found it to be very interesting. The tag said this:
This product is not faulty or damaged. All the markings, scaring, and discolorations on this product are normal and enhance its natural beauty.
In your own life, do you have a tag that reads like that or does your tag read more like this:
This product has been unjustly damaged. All the markings, scaring, and discolorations on this product are the result of it being victimized. This is not normal and in no way enhances its natural beauty.
I know that you may have had some very terrible things happen to you in your lifetime. But believe it or not, you have the ability to live your life with greatness and victory. You have the choice what your label says about you. You have the choice whether that label is a label of success or defeat.
You see, every scar, every mark, every burn has the potential to help change the lives of the people around you. How many other people have gone through similar circumstances and need someone like you to say to them:
See here, Ive gone through the same thing. Here is my scar to prove it. I was able to overcome it and now I have greatness and success in my life. If I could do it, so can you.
Remember that greatness never comes easy. If it did, then everyone would reach their full purpose in life.
If you choose to, everything you have ever gone through, and everything that you will go through, has the potential to help you impact the lives of many other people in a positive way.
So what do you want your label to say?