This year has been a difficult one for some, if not most or all. What we have endured as a people with the global pandemic and what we have endured as a society with the civil unrest as well as the heated political climate in the U.S. has left many depleted, impatient, sad and hopeless.
I hope that this does not describe you. And if it does, I hope that following this blog inspires you to summon the strength, hope and patience to pull yourself out of the doldrums.
On top of life’s every day challenges, the urgent and necessary change to what has become our ‘new normal’ was something no one could have seen coming. Of all the things we mentally prepare for, a global pandemic certainly did not make my list.
My year has been full of up’s and down’s – COVID-19 aside. And there were moments when I truly struggled to find the will to move forward. I was at a total loss, which is not something I was accustomed to, and didn’t know where to turn. I am the fixer. I am the go-to-girl for solutions. Yet I’d lost her. Broken relationships had taken their toll and left a void. Work had become a chore. And despite the love and friends that surrounded me, I had somehow let life beat me down.
When I tallied my problems, they paled in comparison to what some people have going on their lives. It was time for me to end the self-pity, focus on the here and now then set forth on a mission to accept the things I couldn’t change, change the things I could and tap into my wisdom to know the difference. It’s been a process.
Through my solitude, writing, reading and a connection to kindred souls, I was able to turn it around and find my positive, grateful self again. It’s taken time, energy and effort – but aren’t we all worth it?!
So today, I invite you to take a look at where you are. Seek to find the beauty that surrounds you. Identify the simple pleasures that bring you joy – if only for a moment. And if you don’t like where you are and have the power to change any of it – do it. Take those steps and make it happen. You are worth it.
“Everything in life is temporary. So if things are going good, enjoy it because it won’t last forever. And if things are going bad, don’t worry. It can’t last forever either.” – Author unknown