Every human being--whether student, parent, teacher, learner at any age--has a unique set of gifts and strengths that can overcome challenges. Some of these challenges may be learning disabilities, physical disabilities, emotional disorders, addictions. But whatever these challenges are, we have choices, simply because our Creator put us here to make a difference in the world.
I used to think only in my head. Now I believe with my head and heart together that anything is possible, real miracles can occur, when we let go of our pride--everyone has ego--and allow the learning that we are here to learn unfold--mistakes are the greatest teachers--put one step in front of the other, do our "homework", and allow all the divine sparks inside us to radiate to the world around us.
Everyone gets discouraged--whether student, parent, teacher, learner at any age. The point is to "Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again." Very often, we don't see all the choices and strengths we really have. When we don't, professional tutors, counselors, and support groups can help.
The wisest remark I heard from a friend recently when I was discouraged was: "Be a friend to yourself. Don't wait for others to do it." What a coping skill! Remember this: We all have down days. But we can uplift ourselves with whatever makes us happy: to be in nature, with our pets, play, joke, express ourselves with those divine sparks we always carry within us. So, be a friend to yourself today in some way. Even when someone criticizes you unfairly, do something that makes you happy. Smile at yourself in the mirror and say, "I love you unconditionally, and you deserve to be happy." The worst that can happen is that just for today, you will be happy.