Ants

2 Feb

Nobody gets a perfect life where nothing goes wrong and at some point, we will all face challenges and problems of some kind. Often they are mere annoyances we can resolve pretty quickly and move on. We’re intelligent and able to find answers when we need them and can usually navigate through whatever comes. But life is uncertain and nobody knows what will happen next. We may experience a heart pounding, crushing development that leaves us standing frozen and unsure. Ants can carry up to twenty times their body weight. If we had to do that, it would be close to 4,000 pounds. If we really worked at it, we might be able to get there, but most of us would never be able to carry that much. Physical weight is one thing, but emotional weight can feel just as heavy and when something terrible happens, can seem impossible to bear. We may not have to actually lift something tangible, but we may be completely overwhelmed by grief, confusion, and loss. The unexpected death of a loved one, being suddenly abandoned by a lover, the destruction of our personal finances, and endless other painful things may happen. We don’t have control over everything that will come, but we are capable of controlling what we do when they arrive. At first we may be paralyzed and unable to process the situation, or we may jump up and scream, and refuse to believe what’s happened. Nothing we do can change the facts, and after the initial shock and despair, we can begin to decide what to do next. We are far stronger than we think we are, and even if our worst dreams come, we will find our way through. If we need to stop and think, we can. If we need advice, we can ask for it. All the answers will be there for us when we’re ready to see them and start again. Life is complex and at times very difficult. But there isn’t anything that can hold us down forever, or keep us from moving forward. By trusting ourselves, and taking things one step at a time, we can get through anything and find relief. There will always be a way ahead, and with faith and determination, we will find it.

When we’re young and experience our first love, and things eventually end, we may believe we’ll never love anyone else again. We may think we’ll never get over losing the love of our lives. But time passes, we develop and mature, and everything changes. We find someone new, and move on. In the midst of heartbreak and disappointment, it may seem we’ll never get through. We may suffer greatly and believe the pain will be permanent. But life is all about change, and no matter what we’re going through today, tomorrow will be different. We can hold onto our courage, and trust ourselves that no matter what’s gone wrong, we will prevail.

Some people love drama and hold onto difficult situations, revisiting them again and again, milking them for every emotion. We can hold onto disappointment for as long as we like, but until we set it down and let it go, we will remain exactly where we are. There are endless destinations waiting for us and every success is possible, but we must be willing to leave the past behind and step forward to gain them. We deserve complete happiness, and when we’re ready to begin again, we can make it ours.

Today if you’re suffering through a painful disappointment and feel overwhelmed and unable to cope, trust yourself. You have already overcome many difficult situations and you will find your way through. You are far wiser and more capable than you realize, and nothing can hold you down forever. Stand strong, and be confident. The answers are there and you will find them. Every destination is waiting, and they will be yours.

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