Updated: Dec 2, 2020
Who wants to deal with difficulty? I can say that I have never met someone who does! Bob Marley once said, "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have."
Tribulation brings about a variety of emotions. Anger, sadness, grief, fear and fatigue are all part of the process. Acknowledging these feelings and dealing with them is healthy, and gets us to the point of acceptance that we are not in complete control. Acceptance may not be easy, it may take some time. However, once we accept that some situations are beyond our control, we can gather our inner strength and resolve to act on what we have influence over. This allows us to move forward.
Another vital aspect of strength is finding support, success is not a one man show. It is ok, even necessary, to ask those close to you for help. Put your pride back in the drawer; it is not your friend right now.
Surprisingly, offering help to others when you are in the middle of tribulation can strengthen and empower you.
As you begin to focus on someone else's difficulty and serve, it can shift your perspective and remind you of ways that you have power. You can affect positive change both in yourself and others!
Stop and smell the roses maybe cliché, but it really is important. Finding joy in the small things around you reduces your negative thoughts during times of difficulty and boosts your inner strength meter.
Finally, find strength in the impact that your life's story can have. Draw on the comfort that you have survived past difficulties and have the wisdom to show for it. Remember where you are and what you are facing now will not last indefinitely. Through mindfulness, discover your strength to simply put one foot in front of the other. "Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think" so says Winnie the Pooh and me too.
Blog post written by Wellness Contributor Dawn Rayburn, EDS, NBCT, LPC for Embrace Candles