My last few weeks have been the perfect storm of one thing after the other and then even more others added to the top of the other-others...it’s been exhausting yet oddly exhilarating at the same time.
Of course I had my inevitable moments of freaking out and feeling emotionally numb but luckily for me those feelings were quickly replaced with an overall sense of gratitude. I would dare to say that really isn’t a normal response for being in the middle of a raging shit storm but really it should be.
One absolute fact of life is that it’s really-really hard sometimes. Bad things are going to happen and bad times are going to come and a lot of the time there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
None of my latest predicament was in my control except for how I chose to handle it. I chose to find and focus on the good things rather than the overwhelming bad things that were in front of my face. I allowed myself to feel and express the emotions I was feeling but I didn’t allow them to take me over. Every night when I went to bed I chose to thank God and be grateful for all of the things that were good and even for the bad because I am a survivor of previous storms and I know there are clear to partly sunny skies ahead.
Being very honest it isn’t always easy to find the good stuff. Some days you have to force it and sometimes you can’t see any good stuff from where you are. That’s okay! If you can’t find anything good in your current situation then find something good somewhere else. Be grateful for a candy bar or a glass of wine. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering goodness for it to make a huge impact in how you feel. A few minutes of gratitude goes a very long way for the mind, body and soul.
“Bad times are just that...times...and all times come and go. Do not make them your house of dwelling”.