There was never any promise these inquiries would be easy. Don't take the easy way out and just scroll past the question; brain sweat is a good thing. This is an uncomfortable question and for many, it hits too close to home. The pain of a layoff, getting fired or work being outsourced is very real and emotions are raw. I was laid off in 2002 and I didn't like it. One minute all is well, the next, everything changes. I struggle to watch The Pursuit of Happyness, because it hits too close to home as I relive the frustration, conflict and anxiety of being on the edge of financial ruin. However, there were benefits as a result of the trial. My faith was strengthened, I experienced an outpouring of support from friends, simplified life to the bare essentials, determined what was most important, fun became more resourceful and I became a bit more compassionate to the guy shaking the cup on the street-corner. I desire the discipline, grit and character developed in the trials, however, I don't like the suck. Remember, diamonds aren't made without pressure.
What luxury would you miss most? What trials did you benefit from? How do you deny yourself? Do you remember your struggle? How do you embrace the challenges? How did your challenges cause you to grow? Did you experience the kindness of a stranger during the trial?