During life's journey of ups and downs it' can be difficult to appreciate the challenges, especially when we are so "in it." However, if we take the time to appreciate the challenge and step back we then have the opportunity to feeling the blessing of the challenge and the growth opportunity that it offers us. It's similar to the idea of the refiners fire. In order to purify metal, the procees requires the metal to be passed through extreme heat in order to remove it's imparities. Once the process is completed the end result of a stonger and purified metal is achieved. The difficulty is looking at the outcome while in the fire and being in appreciation for the muck life. There is a line in the movie Steel Magnolies that says, "what doesn't kill you, can only make you stronger."
In the discovery weekend of Ike Pono Vision Quest the opportunity to recognize the pattern's or our thought process that we find ourselves in on this journey of life are availalble. These tools are presented so that when we do find ourselves in the refiners fire we have the ability to step back and make different choices thus effecting our results.
What lessons have you learned during the process of the refiners fire?