Making It Through

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“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Steve Maraboli

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Most of us will experience hard choices, stressful events, and difficult situations that will impact on us in one way or another for the rest of our lives. Maybe you are struggling, maybe even heartbroken, and this state of being is hard to deal with. It can feel lonely, draining, and even downright hopeless sometimes.

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How do we motivate ourselves when we feel defeated? How do we heal when we have little hope? How do we connect with others when we don’t feel the self-confidence needed to put ourselves forward?

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Over time I have come to realise that when we believe that life has to be a certain way in order to be good enough for us, we close ourselves off from all the real and present opportunities available.

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Instead when we let go of the way it ‘should be’, we free our minds to deal with life’s unexpected changes, challenges and chaos in the most effective way possible…

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We create space for acceptance, learning and growth.

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We learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others.

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We see the world through an unbiased set of eyes.

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And gradually, we allow ourselves to step forward with a clear and focused mind.

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The bottom line is that when life gives you a harsh dose of reality, the best first steps involve sitting silently and witnessing the thoughts and feeling within you. Just witnessing at first, not interfering and not even judging, because by judging too rapidly you have lost the pure experience.

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So often people fear committing to one option because they believe they will have to stick with it for ever, compromise or put up with something. But just because you have made a choice, that does not mean it is for ever. The trick is to customise situations to suit you as things evolve, and, if all else fails, you can still move on to a different choice. Remember that very few choices are irreversible.

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And lastly, after every storm there is calm, and then the sun shines. If you keep remembering this you make it through, taking your life forward to better times.

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“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
Steve Maraboli

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