Sometimes, you doubt yourself when you are doing what is right. It can be instinct, gut feeling or a tingling. I have many strengths and yet time and time again I fall back on my weaknesses. I have to work very hard at positive thinking. There have been many times in my life where if I placed one foot differently I would have slipped. I didn’t realize that as a senior in high school, I was heading towards a decline in health. I mean, who really thinks about that at 17 years old? When my grandmother passed away that year, I started going into what I now recognize as depression. I just thought I was angry, pissed off at the world, and sad all at the same time. When I entered college, who knew that 4 years later, I would be under the care of many specialists for the rest of my life. I didn’t. And when I became a mom, who knew that I would fight so hard to stay healthy for them.
As “No”vember is coming to a close this week, we have looked at worry, peace, rest, guilt, courage, weakness, nonsense and saying no. These all give you strength as well. Without the things that tire us out in life, we would not have the strength to persevere. I do not know one person who has ever said to me “My life is too full of happiness, money, and ease. I love everything about my life and I have never faced any difficulties.” Psst. If this is you, just keep quiet. You didn’t tell me. Anyway, you are much stronger than you imagine. You do not have to keep going down that dark path. Do you see the fork in the road? The one up ahead? Take that. It leads to positive thinking and moving forward. I bet you don’t even realize what your strengths are. Your friends do. You know how you have the ability to whip up a recipe with ease or put colors together that just work. Maybe you have a way with children. There are some things you do and you do them so well you don’t even realize it. That is something to focus on. Please don’t put one foot in the dying hole already.
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” ~Lao Tzu