3 More Things To Remember When Problems Persist (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 227)
“The hardest thing about ‘everything happens for a reason’ is waiting for that reason to show up.”
— Karen Salmansohn
There is always, always, always something to be grateful for. No matter how good or bad I have, or I perceive myself to have it, it is important that I wake up each morning and go to bed each night thankful for life, for experiences, for opportunity, and for possibilities before me. Remembering that things can always be better or it could always be worse helps me to keep every moment of every day in perspective. Someone somewhere else in the world is desperately fighting for some of the same things we all want.
Here are three things to remember when problems seem to persist and you’d rather not go through the experience:
1. Everything in life is momentary.
Morning always turns into afternoon which in turn changes to evening that transforms into night. When it storms, rainbows follow. The sun emerges early in the day and descends while the moon and stars hang out later in the day. It rains and then it stops raining. You fail and then you succeed. You get behind and then you catch up. You get sick and then you heal. Life is a constant series of change. Nothing stays the same. Everything is momentary.
We would forever be hard-hearted if everything were difficult. We would also be ungrateful if everything were easy. If you’re struggling with a problem right now, remember that it will soon be over, maybe not immediately, but eventually. If things are going good right now, be thankful. Just because you’re facing a problem doesn’t mean you can’t smile and laugh. Every moment is a second chance to make the best of what you have been given.
2. Evaluate your approach to life.
Like any direction or redirection in life, it is the small, seemingly simple steps we take that give us the greatest rewards. The way you treat life will be the way life treats you. Being happy and maintaining happiness is no small achievement. It is a result your approach to life, not what happens to you or how other people treat you. Ask yourself if there are changes you can make, a new attitude you can take, or if there is a better way of doing something you’ve been doing all along.
If your life is going great, be thankful. If it is not, consider how you can make changes or improvements. Many times, what happens to us and what we want to happen are two very different things. No one else holds the power to give you a better outlook on life than you. You can keep it together when problems are persisting in your life and you can emerge from such situations wiser, stronger, and more productive.
3. What is going to happen will eventually happen.
There are blessings hidden in every difficulty. There is strength behind every struggle. You have to be willing to allow your heart and mind to stay open to see the blessings and receive the strength. True strength shows up when we have or are experiencing so much pain and heartbreak that we would give ourselves permission to cry, whine, and complain about it. But instead, we choose to adjust our crown, hold our head up, smile, and be grateful for life.
If you spend your time and energy trying to force things to happen, you will add more stress to your life and drive yourself crazy. At some point, you have to learn that what is going to happen will eventually happen. What is meant to come your way will come your way and those who adjust their sails to the wind are the ones who reach their destination. Life requires that we take risks and in doing so, we create memories and learn from experiences. Stop worrying and wondering about what could be or may be. Just be willing to be alive in the moment. Life may not land you exactly where you want to go at exactly the time you think you should get there, but you must be willing to enjoy the journey and appreciate where it takes you.
“There are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.”
— Boris Johnson