This week has been far from spectacular. The motivation to do most things, even basic things, has been lacking. Like I have been struggling! The natural question would be to ask, “well, what happened?” or “What caused it?” To be honest it’s just a combination of things and somehow it has had this “snow-ball effect”. The unfortunate thing about falling into these slumps, is that it can be hard to get out of them. It can also be harder for some people than others. Some people fall into depression and that can be a dangerous thing.
One of the things I really take pride in here on the blog, is the ability to ‘tell it like it is’. I don’t desire to paint rosy pictures all the time, because I know that’s not realistic to my life or yours. There is certainly a stigma surrounding sadness or depression, or anything other than feeling happy. I totally understand that and I have been there, but I really did not want to continue to stay in this slump. I wanted my joy back. But how?
It Could Be Worse
Right in the middle of crying ‘why me?’, have you ever stopped to consider that it could be worse? I am always inspired when I see individuals faced with some of the worst tragedies of life: cancer/illness, war, poverty, murder, etc. and are still so determined to live a life full of joy. After seeing and experiencing so much hurt and pain that could drive some to a breaking point, and they can see past that. And they spread joy on top of it! And here I am complaining and sulking about things that don’t really matter. Perspective.
Remember the Past Victories
This is by far one of the things that has helped me the most. Telling myself ‘Ok Kimberly, you have gotten through worse things’ out loud helped. Yes, I did say out loud. And yes, I talk to myself sometimes (don’t judge lol). Jokes aside, there is so much power in this little part of our bodies, our mouths. Proverbs 18:21. We really may not feel victorious but when we speak it out, (repeatedly, if necessary) it can change the way we view things, the way we experience things, and the way feel about those things.
Count it All Joy
What if we looked at everything happening to us as working for us? The co-worker that wants to give you hell the moment you arrive? The financial burdens that suddenly came about? The strain in your relationships or your marriage? I know that trying to see a bad thing as a good thing sounds ludicrous, but these are the things that actually mold us into stronger, better, and wiser individuals.
I hope this new week, you find new ways to find peace, love, and most of all joy.
“A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Living on purpose,
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