“I get by with a little help from my friends.” ~ The Beatles
The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for me. From feelings of stress to excitement to anxiety to rejection to frustration, it was quite the ride, I was all over the place. Just a passing time in my life. We all have these times, these ruts, those moments – and it’s okay, we’re human. I allowed the lack of balance in my life in those couple of weeks to get the better of me. I became overly self-critical and frustrated with myself. In reflection, that was the time I should have been more patient and more forgiving with myself.
Yesterday I let it all out to my friends. It was like a I opened a stuck pipe…it was amazing, full of release, full of realness, it was like an ahhhh moment. It’s okay to need to lean on others sometimes. It’s okay to be in a funk and need a little help getting out of it. I don’t know about you, but I can get caught up trying to be so strong that sometimes I forget that I don’t need to do it on my own. Being truly strong isn’t about being on your own all the time, it isn’t about being able to carry the world on your shoulders and being able to take everything thrown at you in stride. True strength comes from being open about your vulnerability, it’s being confident in being able to ask for help when you need it, it’s about being honest about where you are in that moment.
I’m glad I had that spurt of a rut. I’m glad that I had that learning opportunity. Because in it, I learned to be stronger, how to be more me, and was reminded how much love already exists in my life and around me. Being positive, being strong, and being a good person doesn’t mean we never have bad days or even weeks. It means that we can turn them around and that we can see a positive opportunity and lesson in them.
1.) “Believe you can & you’re halfway there.” ~ T. Roosevelt
2.) “No rain, No flowers.” ~ unknown
3.) “Even the smallest steps move you forward.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
4.) “Every bad situation will have something positive. Even a dead clock shows correct time twice a day. Stay positive.” ~ unknown
5.) “Life is tough, darling, but so are you.” ~ Stephanie Bennett Henry
6.) “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.” ~ unknown
7.) “Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and become more comfortable not knowing.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
8.) “It’s okay to be a glowstick. Sometimes we have to break before we can shine.” ~ unknown
9.) “Tough times don’t last but tough people do. Never give up.” ~ Robert Schuller
10.) “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises, maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.” ~ unknown