Man, a lot has been happening. I have been constantly reminded of the old saying of when it rains it pours. It seems like something new pops up every day. And these new things aren’t good. With that being said, we can’t let the things going on around us, cause us to be negative, and rob us of our joy. With that being said, for this month’s motivational post, let’s focus on three things to keep us uplifted during these difficult times.
Bad things don’t last forever. They can’t and they won’t. We have to keep this in mind. The things seen are temporary. Now I fully know that temporary can be a short or long time. But overall, temporary things are not meant to last forever. Even when it seems like we are in a constant struggle or tug of war, be encouraged. It can’t go on forever. Things will get better. Our mindset has a lot to do with how we can cope with difficulties in our life. If we have the mindset when trouble arises that is only temporary, that it will come and go (this too shall pass), we will better equip ourselves to pull through it. During my morning walks, I am constantly thinking of how we can’t have sunshine, without rain. It’s a cycle. We don’t like it when things go bad, but sadly, this life that we live, there are going to be bad days. Fortify yourself, fortify your mind so that you will be better able to deal.
With that being said, if bad days or only temporary, what about good days? I would argue that it would be the same. I don’t know about you, but I have been thinking about how much I have taken for granted. You never truly miss things, people, activities until it has been taken away from you. So, when you do have a moment of sunshine in your life, please truly live in that moment and be grateful for it. Because it is only temporary.
Speaking of being grateful, how many of you are more grateful now than before? My hand is up. If your gratefulness hasn’t increased tenfold, take the time to reflect on what you can be grateful for. On a daily, we take so many things for granted. I think we take for granted that we were able to just get up out of bed. That we can hear the birds chirping or see the sun outside. Now, I realize that some people are going through hard times and maybe finding it hard to find even a drop of gratitude. I get it. I’m not mad at you. But, I just want you to know that even through hard times, there are always things that we can be grateful for. Start small. Did you open your eyes? Be grateful. Did you have something to drink or eat today? Be grateful. Knowing that bad times are only temporary. Be grateful. By looking for just a speck of gratitude in our lives, it can help us see things in a much better life.
Are you self-centered? I’ll be honest, I know I can be. I think we all can be self-centered at times. Is there anything wrong with that? While I don’t think in general it’s anything wrong with having some self-centeredness, I do think it’s wrong to allow that to overshadow our empathy towards others. I dare to say that if more people had more love and empathy (which go hand in hand), things would be so much better. Real talk.
Some of us (or all of us) need to try to understand what others around us are going through. Try to see things from a different perspective. I’m not saying that you have to agree with the person, but just trying to see things through others’ eyes can have a profound effect on us. A lot of times, we are so wrapped up in how we think and how we experience stuff that we don’t even attempt to see it from a different view. There is more than just us. We aren’t all that is. There are other perceptions as well. By taking into account other people’s experiences and lives, we practice love and empathy.
So, things may be hard right now. They may be downright difficult. We may be hurting. Others around us may be hurting. But, if we remember that hard times are only temporary, that we can always be grateful for something in our lives and that it is important for us to be (remain) empathic, we can help ourselves and others cope with current times.
“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey”.-Kenji Miyazawa
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