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Finding Strength in the Unknown

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

There are times when you just feel that you have nothing left, not even enough strength to take one more step. When change is occurring all around you, and you cannot tell up from down or make sense of anything, it seems easiest to just give up.



What I have found is that strength does not come from the knowing or the understanding, but from putting one foot in front of the other and making the very next decision.


In the spring, I had a career opportunity that seemed perfect especially considering I was unhappy where I was. You know the one that is a perfect fit: former boss you like, skills you have mastered, environment you love, more money. I was the “sure bet” even one of the interviewers had alluded to it. Well, I did not get the job. Moving forward with strength and resolve in the position I already had felt somewhat insurmountable. I decided to put faith in my higher power because I could not understand it at all.


Finding strength was easier when I surrounded myself with positivity both in thoughts and choices as well as the people around me.


Well, the school year started virtually, who knew! Because I remained in my current position, I was able to telework allowing me to focus on my family which wouldn't have happened in the new position. Who could have predicted? It really was a better option.


I used to tell my kids when they were younger and could not understand decisions that I saw the world differently than they did. They saw the world from the view of the back porch which meant only seeing the backyard, but I saw the world from the rooftop and could see what was coming before it got there. Even as adults, we often can only see the backyard without the perspective of the rooftop. Sometimes, we can find strength in having just enough light for the step we are on. After all, once on the other side of the problem, we can often see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit.


Blog post written by Wellness Contributor Dawn Rayburn, EDS, NBCT, LPC for Embrace Candles

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