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Tag Archives: Survive

Closing In

31 Jan

We have so many different experiences as we navigate through our lives. Change is constant and generally we manage it as it comes but sometimes, we may have to face many changes at the same time. Maybe a new job, a move, a change in our relationship status, family complications, a pending retirement, or dozens of other important adjustments may descend upon us all at once. We can usually manage things as they come and we’re capable of walking through most situations confidently and successfully. However, when several things happen at once it can be overwhelming and we may feel like the walls are closing in around us. There are a lot of details and things to address, and we may feel unsure and unsettled. When there is a lot going on and many balls in the air it can be hard to focus on one thing. We may feel pulled in many directions at the same time. Complications are a normal part of life and no matter how many we’re facing if we take them one at a time, we’ll find our way. We can address the most pressing issue first, and then one by one resolve each step until we’re settled again. We can trust ourselves to find the answers we need when we need them, and proceed forward with confidence. Life can be complicated and it can feel like we’re in a whirlwind of concern where our feet don’t touch the ground. But we have everything we need to get through, no matter what’s happening, and with patience and tenacity we will prevail. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage. We are amazing and powerful, and can overcome anything in our way.

When we feel strong and accomplished and things go wrong, they can seem like minor annoyances we simply brush away and push through. But if we’ve been under water with one problem after another for a while, we may be tired and stressed, and if one more thing happens may think we can’t survive. We’re in control of our lives and when we feel we’ve done all we can, we can step back and take a break. We can take respite from the battle and recharge. As we rest, answers will rise and when we return, we’ll find our way through. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage.

Mazes are full of blockades. As we navigate through them if we get to a wall we can backtrack and try another route. Just like a maze, every problem has a solution and if the first we try doesn’t work, we can try again. We have unlimited chances to move forward and nothing can stop us from advancing. We can trust our instincts, and continue on no matter what’s in the way. There isn’t anything big enough or strong enough to hold us in place and we’ll get to any goal we desire.

Today if there are many things you must address and you feel overwhelmed, trust yourself and step forward. You have accomplished so much already and you will succeed again. You are powerful and strong, and have all the insight and wisdom you need to manage anything you must. Be confident and trust yourself. Keep moving forward. All the answers are there for you and you will find them.

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Losing Ourselves

21 Apr

Hard times come to us all. Sometimes we get so caught up in what’s going wrong in our lives we can’t see anything else. We can only focus on the problems we’re facing. We may feel beset, overwhelmed and quite miserable. It can seem that everywhere we look there is nothing but bad news. It’s like being in a fog of unhappiness and it’s hard to find a way out. But there are things we can do to find peace even when things are going wrong. One way to get out from under the trial is to reach out and help someone else. We may think we can’t possibly help anyone else when our lives are a mess, but doing things for others allows us to take our eyes off our own problems for a while. When we’re helping someone else there isn’t time to think about ourselves. We can get lost in service, and when we do we find respite. It seems counter intuitive to try to give when we feel like we’re going under but if we do we will be lifted and our burdens, no matter what they are, will feel lighter.

We all have so many blessings. Even in our darkest moments we have much for which to be thankful. Maybe we don’t live in a mansion, but we have a safe place to sleep. Maybe we don’t wear designer clothes, but we are warm and dry. Maybe we don’t have money in the bank, but we have enough for our needs. We take a lot for granted and forget how much we really have. Even in our darkest hours we have things for which to be grateful. And often we have more than many others. If we can remember that and share what we have, even when we’re struggling, we will find peace and comfort. It’s impossible to focus on what’s going wrong in our lives when we’re trying to help someone else with something they need. Seeing another person’s problems and helping them find comfort brings comfort to us as well.

When things go wrong and the bottom falls out, when we lose our footing and think we’ll never survive, all is not lost. No matter what we go through in life, we will find a way through. There will always be someone with more troubles and fewer blessings than us. If we reach out and extend ourselves to help, to serve in some way, and to share what we have, we will forget our sorrows and find joy. When we’re focused on someone else, we can’t focus on what’s going wrong for us. We will lose ourselves and our troubles for a moment and reach a little higher. We’ll find comfort and confidence as we remember the blessings we have, and see how we’re bringing joy to others by helping. We have so much to offer. Troubles will come and there will be hard times. But we can navigate them and find solace by helping those around us, and remembering who we are.

Today if you feel overwhelmed by things that are going wrong, and surrounded by trouble, look around and see where you could help. Extend yourself and do something for someone else. You will forget your problems for a moment and the service will bring you joy. When you return to the issues that are pressing, you’ll be rejuvenated and stronger. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Lose yourself helping someone else. Your problems will seem to diminish, and you’ll be comforted and happier.