An interview with Bethany Goding Life Coach
What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your life?
We all face obstacles that feel insurmountable. The growth from these obstacles can fuel us through the next ones, making us wiser and more appreciative of everyday treasures.
At 12, my son began to experience intense pain, insomnia, and other symptoms. He mystified doctors at several prominent hospitals. They were unable to offer a diagnosis as his symptoms worsened, leaving him wheelchair-bound, and eventually bedridden. We learnt to make the best of it. We joked. We laughed at ridiculous things. We broke rules. We loved one another and found adventure every day. Miraculously, a diagnosis was found. His treatment lasted six days. He walked out of the hospital pain-free. His case and diagnosis have been featured in medical presentations and articles.
My little family was given a new perspective of life. We had survived an unimaginable year, just by focusing on one another. We learnt what it meant to live, to see the beauty in silly things, and to appreciate love and laughter. My children are now kind, appreciative adults. We hug frequently, laugh often, and say “I love you” at every chance. We understand life is a gift, and unwrap it fresh every day.
What are your three top tips to overcome the obstacle?
- Understanding Control
Accepting what is outside of your control is often difficult. However, this recognition will give you the freedom to focus on what IS within your control. Once you let go, you’re better able to improve the parts of your life that will give you peace.
When facing an overwhelming ordeal, you will find that looking for little moments to be grateful for will bring a smile. There is always something to be grateful for, and finding it is a reminder of blessings, even on days when we are overwhelmed with a crisis.
Showing kindness benefits both you and the recipient. Even a smile or kind word can boost the spirits of someone who’s struggling. It’s sometimes hard to get out of your struggle long enough to recognize someone else’s. However, when you do, you will find that helping others brings a smile to your soul, as well.